A SECURITY agency owner and a soldier submitted a motion for reinvestigation and reconsideration to the City Prosecutor’s Office's recommendation that they be tried in court.
The two who were charged with illegal possession of firearms.
Mussolini Lidasan, brother-in-law of Energy Undersecretary Zamzamin Ampatuan, and Sergeant Alberto Antesoda Duhig, through their counsels Ferdinand Macapal and Peter Escoto, sought for reconsideration on the basis of the guns' licenses, mission orders, and letter orders.
Prosecutor Marte Melchor Velasco found probable cause to hold them for court trial based on the accounts of PO2 Harold Delima of the Talomo Police station.
The case stemmed from a raid conducted by the Regional Intelligence Division, Police Regional Office-Davao Region Special Task Group Against Private Armed Groups, Talomo police on the security agency office on Eagle Street in GSIS Heights, Matina last January 21.
The law enforcers had a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Isaac Robillo when conducted the raid with barangay officials.
The search yielded 19 .12 gauge shotgun, 24 .38 revolvers, two .45 pistol, one .380 caliber pistol, one M16 rifles, one M61 fragmentation grenade, one 15-inch baton sword, and more than 300 rounds of 5.56 rounds of ammunition.
Several of the guns, however, were covered with documents although the security agency permit is said to be expired.
The accused are out on bail.