After more than 20 hours’ stand-off, authorities arrested the former vice-mayor of Marilao, Bulacan, who is accused of committing qualified theft, on Friday, Dec. 07,
Since Thursday night, Dec. 06, Andre Santos, the former vice-mayor of Marilao who filed his candidacy to run for mayor in the upcoming 2019 elections, barricaded himself in the second floor of his home after authorities attempted to serve an arrest warrant from the Paranaque Regional Trial Court against him.
Prior to his apprehension, authorities, including Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado, went to the residence of Santos in order to negotiate the peaceful surrender of the former Marilao vice-mayor, who was armed with a pink gun and a pink grenade.
DZRH also had the chance to speak with Santos before he was arrested.
During DZRH’s Isyu, Santos claimed that the case against him was filed by the camp of gaming tycoon Charlie ‘Atong’ Ang. He also accused Supt. Ricardo Pangon, Marilao police chief, of being under the payroll of the gambling operator.
“Palabas lang ito ni Atong Ang. Pakulo lang ito ni Atong Ang dahil may sabit ako sa kanila na Php 10 milyon. Hindi siguro sila makapayag na naloko sila ng isang puchu-puchu,” Santos said.
“Nagkataon, napahiram kami, sumagad hanggang Php 10 milyon, kami na rin ang nataya, sabit ang inabot talaga. Actually, marami kami, hindi lang ako. Hati-hati, ako lang ang nakapangalan,” Santos added.
Santos also read a series of messages between him and the son of Ang, Richard Ang. In the said messages, the former vice-mayor asked for time to pay his Php 10 million debt, and Richard threatened to file a non-bailable case against the latter.
The 35-year old ex-vice mayor also admitted that charges have been previously filed against him but all were dismissed. He also confessed to taking illegal drugs but already stopped.
“Alam niyo kung bakit ako gumagamit ng droga? Dahil pinapatay ko na ang sarili ko noon mga panahon na iyon. Pero, ngayon tumigil ako dahil babaguhin ko ang sistema ng bansa,” Santos said.
Meanwhile, Ang denied involvement in the case or even knowing Santos and Pangon.