Police arrested on Tuesday former Senior Citizens party-list Rep. Godofredo Arquiza inside the Quezon City Hall of Justice.
Initial report from the Quezon City Police District said Arquiza was arrested at around 11:30 in the morning by virtue of warrant issued by Judge Trese Dionco Wenceslao, of the Cabanatuan City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 28.
Arquiza was facing violation of Section 155 of Republic Act 8293, or the Intellectual Property Code (IPC) of the Philippines.
Before the arrest, Arquiza attended a hearing of his perjury case at the QC Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 38.
During the hearing, the court denied all motions by Arquiza, and instead reset the hearing on April 18.
Arquiza also made headlines in 2013, when the Commission on Elections (Comelec) refused to proclaim any of the nominees of his party-list, the Coalition of Association of Senior Citizens Inc., as part of the House of Representatives because of “violations of election rules and their by-laws”.
The Senior Citizen party-list apparently had two factions with a set of two nominees each. Both factions claimed to be the legitimate group.
The Comelec could not choose which of the two sets of nominees to put in the two seats won by the party.