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No VIP treatment for PSupt. Marcos, et al

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, April 3rd, 2017

There are no indications that VIP treatment is given to the group of former Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) director PSupt. Marvin Marcos.

This was proven by Baybay Regional Trial Court Judge Carlos Arguelles in a surprise inspection of the group’s prison cell at the CIDG penal facility in Tacloban City on Saturday.

Together with members of the media, Judge Arguelles entered the detention cells of the accused. He personally saw the security inside the detention cell, such as the three steel gates one has to go through before reaching the group’s detention cell.

The 19 accused policemen are detained in one cell.

In a small space in front of the small cell, the media personnel saw a lawyer talk with Supt. Santi Noel Matira and Chief Insp. Leo Laraga.

“There is no-air conditioned unit. Only an electric fan. No television set. So they are within one cell, the 19 detention prisoners. So I see to it now that there are no violations or there is no violation of the condition as provided for in the order issued by the court,” Judge Arguelles said.

He added that he wanted to personally see if the condition to implement maximum security has been met.

The 19 accused cops are also to stay within a locked cell. They are not allowed to roam around and talk with CIDG personnel.

“From time to time I will see to it that justice is served. So I’m impartial to everybody. I’m impartial to everything. I’m partial in these cases. I want to see to it that the authorities are performing their functions, and I want to see to it that the court order is strictly complied,” the judge said.

The arraignment of PSupt. Marcos and his co-accused is set on April 26 after failing to push through on March 29. —  Jenelyn Gaquit | UNTV News & Rescue

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CIDG to submit new evidence vs. Espinosa, et al.

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

FILE IMAGE: Kerwin Espinosa on a Senate hearing

MANILA, Philippines —  Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre has announced that the decision to dismiss the drug charges against big time drug lords Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim and others is void.

For this reason, the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) is set to submit additional evidence against the said drug personalities.

CIDG legal division chief PSupt. Joseph Orsos said that although they believe they have a strong case, they will still submit the transcript of the statement of Espinosa during a Senate inquiry where he admitted being a drug dealer and his extrajudicial confession to the PNP-Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG).

“As far as we are concerned, we have already shown that what is stated there is uncontested,” said Orsos.

The extrajudicial confession of Kerwin to the AIDG states that he was distributing illegal drugs while in detention through his men.

He also said he was introduced to other drug lords like Peter Co, Tony Co, and Peter Lim while in detention.

In line with this, the CIDG is confident that the police unit can win against the said drug lords.

“If you will read the resolution, if you scrutinize it, it’s really reversible,” said the legal chief.

However, Orsos said the fiscal have to explain why they have a contradictory decision regarding the case against Sen. De Lima. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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DOJ prosecution panel ready to face NBI

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, March 16th, 2018

Former State Prosecutor Aristotle Reyes

MANILA, Philippines — Former State Prosecutor Aristotle Reyes and State Prosecutor Michael John Humarang are not afraid to face the National Bureau of Investigation’s (NBI) probe amid criticisms on their decision to dismiss the drug charges against big-time drug lords Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim and others involved in illicit drug trade in the Philippines.

Reyes and Humarang are among the panel members who heard and reviewed the case against the said personalities. They are now under Department of Justice’s (DOJ) watch amid their questionable decision.

Reyes said it is clear in their resolution that Marcelo Adorco, the sole witness presented by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), had inconsistent or unsubstantiated claims which affected his credibility.

“Hearsay, most of the material allegations pertaining to the drug deal. Overheard lang niya through telephone conversation allegedly between Kerwin and the other drug supplier. Co-conspirator din siya. Meron siya confession. Yun confession ng co-conspirator kung wala nag-corroborate hindi natin pwede tanggapin yan as ebidensya,” said Reyes.

(Hearsay, most of the material allegations pertaining to the drug deal.  He only overheard through telephone conversation allegedly between Kerwin and the other drug supplier. He’s also a co-conspirator. He may have confessed but the confession of a co-conspirator cannot be treated as evidence unless it is corroborated.)

CIDG also missed including the testimony presented by Espinosa during the Senate committee probe where he confessed that he is a drug lord.

“They said Kerwin Espinosa recanted his statement. So far, there are no pieces of evidence like that presented,” said Reyes.

The prosecution team only depended on the merits of the case based on presented pieces of evidence by the complainants and respondents.

“Hindi kami pwedeng magsabi na ‘Kulang ito. Dagdag mo ito. Kulang ang defense mo. Dagdagan mo ito’. Hindi kami allowed. Kami, mag-evaluate lang at mag-weigh ng evidence, ng mga dokumento na submit sa amin.”

(We cannot say, “This is not enough. Add this. Your defense is insufficient. Add this.” We are not allowed. We will evaluate and weigh the evidence based on documents presented to us.)

Associate State Prosecutor Michael John Humarang has the same defense saying there is no strong evidence given by CIDG and such was based on only one witness. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News and Rescue

 

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Formal charges filed against 3 MMDA men for mauling ‘buko’ vendor

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2018

 Coconut vendor Romnick Relos and his two siblings

MANILA, Philippines — Coconut vendor Romnick Relos and his two siblings are still under the custody of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

But CDIG -Detection and Special Operations Unit (CIDG-DSOU) chief Police Superintendent Richard Verceles said  the brothers might be sent to Masbate anytime soon due to murder charges .

“The procedure is, we will be returning him to the court concerned but we are not sure when because we are considering their security situation,” said Verceles.

The Relos siblings have to return to a court in Masbate to face murder charges in connection with the stabbing and killing of their neighbor Junie Olete in 2007.

However, Verceles said that Relos filed complaints against three personnel of the Metropolitan Manila and Development Authority (MMDA) for beating him.

The coconut vendor filed physical injuries and threat charges against Victor Jimenez, Jonathan Prebente, and Leonard Mojica.

MMDA had previously suspended its men who hurt Relos.

“The case is docketed under file in Pasay prosecutors office under case number XV-13-INV-18-00436. He was assisted by lawyer from Public Attorneys Office,” said the unit chief. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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