Daraga mayor rushed to hospital due to 'hyperventilation' hours after arrest

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The mayor underwent an echocardiography test to check his condition, members of his family say (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 23) — Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo, who was recently arrested for illegal possession of firearms, has been rushed to the hospital due to "hyperventilation", police reported. 

Atty. Arnold Ardiente, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Region V Head, said Baldo was brought to the University of Santo Tomas Hospital in Legazpi City, Albay Tuesday evening.

Baldo underwent a 2D echocardiography test to check his heart condition, members of his family said. 

This happened hours following the mayor's arrest and detention at the CIDG Regional Headquarters, after policemen seized unregistered firearms while serving a search warrant in Baldo's home. 

Ardiente assured that the mayor disclosed all information on his medical conditions such as insulin injections due to diabetes, when he was arrested. In the wake of his arrest, a post on Baldo's official Facebook account appealed his innocence to his constituents in his local language. 

"Unu man na kadipisilan an umabot satun, padagos kitang mamuhay nin tama asin maray. Padagos kitang magtiwala na sa tamang panahon, maga luwan an kamatu'ran asin hustisya. Indi mag andal, banwang Daraga. Inosente an Mayor nyo. Magtiwala kita sa Diyos asin sa justice system ta," the post said. 

[Translation: Whatever hardship that may come, let is continue to live rightly. Have faith that at the right time, truth and justice will prevail. Do not worry, Daraga, your mayor is innocent. Have faith in God and our justice system.]

Baldo was also previously tagged as the alleged mastermind behind the killing of AKO Bicol Party-list Representative and political rival for the Daraga mayoralty race, Rodel Batocabe, last December. He is currently facing two murder charges regarding this case.

Atty. Edwin Engay, Police Regional Legal Chief, reported that Baldo was not able to submit a counter-affidavit to the murder charges against him. Instead, Baldo asked the prosecution for a 30-day extension as he has not hired a lawyer yet.

Justin Batocabe, Rodel Batocabe's son, spoke to reporters on Wednesday, saying he wishes the mayor to get well soon so the cases can move forward.

"I hope he gets well soon so that he may immediately answer the charges against him," he said. 

Ardiente said inquest proceedings may be conducted where the mayor is confined, depending on the decision of the fiscal. This is a developing story.

Albay-based journalist Rosas Olarte contributed to this report.