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DoJ junks Gatdula’s plea to suspend probe of his case

Thursday, July 19, 2012

DoJ junks Gatdula’s plea to suspend probe of his case

 Written by Benjamin B. Pulta Thursday, 19 July 2012

Embattled former National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Magtanggol Gatdula’s plea to suspend the kidnapping charges filed against him and several others by Japanese Noriyo Ohara has been turned down by government prosecutors.

In an 18-page omnibus order, the Department of Justice (DoJ) panel of investigating prosecutors led by Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera saw no merit in Gatdula’s argument that the proceedings should be deferred pending resolution of a suit he filed before the Regional Trial Court of Manila City against Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and members of a DoJ fact-finding panel.

The panel pointed out that the issues raised before the Manila RTC are not similar to the issues subject of the preliminary investigation. Navera noted that the petitions before the Manila RTC primarily assailed the constitutionality of Department Order (DO) No. 1007 which created the fact-finding panel and the actions and proceedings conducted by the fact-finding panel.

The issue raised in the preliminary investigation is whether or not there is sufficient ground to establish probable cause for the filing of kidnapping, grave coercion, falsification and robbery before the trial court..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune


 URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/index.php/metro-section/item/1720-doj-junks-gatdula’s-plea-to-suspend-probe-of-his-case

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