Weapons confiscated in Laguna police raid allegedly planted: KMU

The Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) group condemned the police that allegedly planted in its search of the former office of a union in the city of Santa Rosa, Laguna on Tuesday.

According to the Calabarzon Police report, 8 different guns, 25 , and ammunition were recovered in their raid on the house in Bgy. Market Area.

Personnel from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, National Capital Region (CIDG-NCR), CIDG-4A, Police Regional Office 4A, and Santa Rosa Police were carrying a search warrant for a Maritess David alias Teacher Laly.

David, who was identified by police as a member of the Alliance of Workers in the Engklabo (AMEN), the Organized Labor Association in Line Industries and Agriculture (OLALIA-KMU), and the Southern Tagalog Workers’ Union (PAMANTIK-KMU) did not arrive at the house.

Among those seized were 3 M16 rifles, 2 carbine rifles, 3 .45 caliber guns, 9 grenades, 15 improvised explosive devices. Alleged subversive documents, placards, streamers, and election paraphernalia were also confiscated.

Police said the house was allegedly used as a weapons depot. They added that this is where the orientation of new members of AMEN and even members of the rebel group is carried out.

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Weapons confiscated in Laguna police raid allegedly planted: KMU

But PAMANTIK-KMU insisted in a statement that AMEN has not used the office for a year. It has only recently been used to shelter workers in the midst of and pursuit of those connected to the rebels.

“Nang di matagpuan ang pinapatungkulan ng warrant, nagtanim ang mga [pulis] ng tila isang ‘armory’,” the group said.

OLALIA-KMU released a video taken the night before the raid proving that there were no hidden weapons in the house.

Groups have denounced a series of arrests and killings of labor leaders in Calabarzon, such as the so-called “Bloody Sunday” on March 7.

On Sunday, a PAMANTIK-KMU leader, Dandy Miguel, was by an unknown assailant.

KMU said they expect more raids on the offices of other progressive groups in the Southern Tagalog region.