Video by Jalmz and Ghavi Anasco
First Posted 12:49:00 02/16/2010
Last Updated 16:05:00 02/16/2010
SPOIII Charlie A. Ando, Jr. and POIII Jovito S. Cabillan were turned-over to the Biliran Provincial Jail for detention by a team of CIDG personnel lead by Chief Inspector Victor C. Ondako, SPOIV Remegio Brazil, SPOII Marvin Bilopor and SPOI Abelardo Tambong.
In the Detainees Manifestation of the Office of the Provincial Warden, Ando and Cabillan were now detention prisoners of the Biliran Provincial Jail being charged in the Criminal Case No. N-2709 and 2712 for Murder, Frustrated Murder and Attempted Murder.
Prior to their detention in the Biliran Provincial Jail, Judge Bienvenido Montalla, presiding judge of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 16 issued a commitment order for the proper turn-over of the two CIDG suspects to the person in authority who will take their custody in jail.
CIDG suspects not in handcuffs
“I demand that they be put in handcuffs, these are high risk prisoners. I want to see them in handcuffs” thus said Congressman Chong after seeing that the two CIDG suspects were not in handcuffs as they get out from the court’s office going to the CIDG service vehicle.
He added that he wants to get justice to his fallen men.
It was also observed that the two CIDG suspects were not in handcuffs as they alighted from the CIDG service vehicle walking going to the court’s office.
The kin of the victims who openly displayed their emotional outburst also demanded that they be put in handcuffs.
Congressman Chong and the kin of the victims were among the people who waited for long hours in the morning outside the Bulwagan ng Katarungan which housed the two branches of the RTC located in Barangay Larrazabal, Naval, Biliran for the arrival of the two CIDG suspects.
However, according to a lawyer, it is the discretion of the person in custody or the police officers who escorted the two CIDG suspects if they be put in handcuffs or not but in case they escape, they will be held liable for it.
He added that the possibility for escape or prisoner’s flight is a consideration whether or not a person charged for a capital criminal offense like murder will be put in handcuffs like the case of Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan, primary suspect in the Maguindanao massacre, who was in handcuffs as he was presented in court because of the advance information that he will be rescued.
Suspects demanded justice
POIII Cabillan in an interview appealed for justice of their present predicament with SPOIV Ando as he claimed that they were innocent of the crimes charged. He added that becoming a police officer does not mean that they will kill anybody including innocent people.
“I’m not afraid to be imprisoned because my conscience is clear’, POIII Cabillan clearly told.
On the other hand, SPOIII Ando said that he was never been implicated in any wrongdoings in his career as a police officer. “I want justice not only for myself but also to the victims”, Ando added.
Gerry Espina, Rep. Chong in near scuffle
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