Police arrest two relatives of Failon

Posted at 04/16/2009 8:43 PM | Updated as of 04/16/2009 9:59 PM

Members of the Quezon City Police District-Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (QCPD-CIDU) forcibly took into custody two relatives of Ted Failon for alleged obstruction of justice.

ABS-CBN correspondent Jorge Cariño reported that several policemen led by QCPD-CIDU chief Superintendent Franklin Mabanag visited Failon at the New Era Hospital in Quezon City where his wife, Trina, is confined at the intensive care unit.

Later, CIDU operatives forcibly handcuffed and took Maximo Arteche, a brother of Trina, after he allegedly tried to stop the cops from taking a sibling, Pamela, who police wanted for questioning in connection with the case.

Atty. Mark de Leon, one of the legal counsels present during the arrest, said Trinidad's relatives cannot be arrested without any warrant. He added that warrantless arrrest is not applicable since it was being done in the absence of a crime.

An ABS-CBN footage showed police forcing Maximo into a police car.

Cariño said police were trying to arrest Trinidad’s sister, Pamela Trinchera, who earlier gave her account on the shooting incident to ABS-CBN.

Trinchera said that she was with the victim on Tuesday evening, the night before the incident.

Trinidad confided her problem with Trinchera over the phone on Monday, after which she came to Manila from Tacloban City on Tuesday.

Trinchera, in an interview with ABS-CBN News's Ces Oreña-Drilon, said that she was with the victim when she wrote the "sorry" note for Ted on Tuesday evening.

As of posting, police also succeeded in taking Pamela into custody by police.

Police earlier took into custody Failon's three household helpers and his driver.

The three helpers are Carlota Morbos, Wilfreda Bollicer and Pacifico Apacible, and driver Glen Polan.