By NITZ ARANCON
POLICE arrested former Misamis Oriental governor Antonio Calingin because of a case for malversation of public funds and property in his hometown Claveria before the first light of day yesterday.
Calingin was arrested by a joint team composed of officers from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Misamis Oriental police at around 3 am at the house of one of his children near the boundaries of Kiabo, Claveria town and Malitbog, Bukidnon.
M/Sgt. Noel Oclarit, one of the arresting officers from the CIDG, said the former governor was arrested based on a April 21, 2016 warrant issued by Associate Justice Rafael Erlagos, chairman of the 5th Division of the Sandiganbayan.
Calingin however is allowed to post a P30-thousand bailbond in connection with the public fund and property malversation case under Revise Penal Code 217.
From Claveria, Calingin was brought to the Provincial Police Office in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental, and subsequently to the CIDG provincial office in El Salvador City.
Oclarit said Calingin would be brought to the 5th Division of the anti-graft court.
Oclarit said the arresting officers posed as members of the administration PDP-Laban, and then they pounced on Calingin the moment they saw the ex-governor.
Before becoming governor, Calingin also served as mayor of Claveria, and then he ran for governor and won in 1998. He is an estranged protégé of the late former Misamis Oriental governor and Cagayan de Oro mayor Vicente Emano.