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Remulla sees conspiracy in recantation by Degamo suspects

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla said a conspiracy could be behind the consecutive recantations of testimony by the accused in the killing of Negros Oriental governor Roel Degamo. "It just shows, it just proves our case further that the conspiracy sticks and is there,” Remulla said. Osmundo Rivero was the first to recant his statement on Monday last week. The suspect denied knowledge of the murder ploy and its alleged masterminds, suspended Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr. and Teves' former bodyguard Marvin Miranda. The recantation of Rivero was followed by co-accused Dahniel Lora, Romel Pattaguan and Rogelio Antipolo Jr., and two days later by Joven Javier. Accused Winrich Isturis, Eulogia Gonyon Jr., John Louie Gonyon, Joric Labrador and Benjie Rodriguez recanted their testimonies on Tuesday this week. Remulla said the suspects talked about different things in their affidavits but which matched at many points.  The Department of Justice will submit as evidence the affidavits first executed by the accused even though they have recanted, he stressed. Remulla also accused Miranda’s legal counsel, Atty. Reynante Orceo, and the legal counsel of Lora, Pattaguan, Antipolo and Javier, Atty. Danny Villanueva, as behind the recantations of the accused. Miranda was previously accused by Remulla of supposedly "directing" other suspects to recant their testimonies. He warned that "we will ask the IBP [ Integrated Bar of the Philippines] to look into the matter." Remulla, though, said he would order an investigation into the suspects claim that they were tortured to implicate Teves in the crime. The DOJ Secretary also said a recent video of Teves reflected his state of mind and showed his lack of respect for the country and its institutions. Teves in the video said that Remulla had turned “crazy"  and that the Justice Secretary should have applied for the movie industry and not the government. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives imposed another 60-day suspension without pay on Teves for his continued absence from the chamber. The solon has refused to fly back to the country, expressing fear for his safety. Degamo and nine others were killed on 4 March while several others were injured after an attack on the late governor’s home in Negros Oriental. The death toll later climbed to 10 when one of the seriously injured died at the hospital. Teves has repeatedly denied involvement in the killing. The post Remulla sees conspiracy in recantation by Degamo suspects appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJun 1st, 2023

5 Degamo slay suspects formalize recantation

An additional five suspects in the assassination of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo that also killed civilians have officially withdrawn their previous statements during the Department of Justice ongoing preliminary investigation into the slaying. This development brings the total number of detained suspects who have recanted their statements to 10. Atty. Andres Manuel, one of the defense counsels, said that suspects Benjie Rodriguez, Eulogio Gonyon, John Louie Gonyon, Winrich Isturis, and Joric Labrador confirmed their recantations via Zoom. “The five respondents submitted their sworn affidavits and affirmed their recantations before the panel through Zoom, and these statements were duly affirmed by all five individuals,” Manuel said. Last week, Romel Pattaguan, Dahniel Lora, Osmundo Rivero, Joven Javier and Rogelio Antipolo also confirmed their recantations. The defense expressed satisfaction with the development, stating that it provides a foundation for challenging the multiple murder charges filed against suspended Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr. “As we have previously stated, we believe that our case, or this particular matter, is anchored on the statements of the 10 individuals who have recanted,” Manuel said. Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla had previously asserted that the mass recantation strengthens the case by indicating a conspiracy among the suspects. “It further substantiates our claims of a conspiracy,” Remulla said. To recall, Teves has expressed his intention to return to the country once his concerns regarding personal safety have been adequately addressed and has also consistently denied his involvement in the killing of Degamo. The post 5 Degamo slay suspects formalize recantation appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2023

Teves seeks Degamo murder raps dismissal

The camp of embattled Negros Oriental Third District Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr. on Monday filed a motion to dismiss the multiple murder complaints filed against him in relation to the murder case involving Governor Roel Degamo and several others. Teves’ legal counsel Atty. Ferdinand Topacio explained that the motion to dismiss was primarily based on the argument that there is an absence of probable cause and even a lack of “reasonable certainty of conviction” to hold his client responsible for the killings that occurred on 4 March. Topacio said they filed the motion to dismiss on the grounds that the arguments solely revolve around the absence or lack of probable cause, and if Department of Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla complies with his change in quantum or standard before filing the case. He added that it should not only be probable cause, as it should also have reasonable certainty of conviction and they will demonstrate that there is no reasonable certainty of conviction, let alone probable cause. The key reasons that form the basis of the stance of Teves’ camp was highlighted by Topacio in defending the submission of the motion to dismiss which include the recantation of the suspect; the statements made by the suspects linking Teves to Degamo’s murder are hearsay and the suspects’ statements were given without the presence of their chosen legal counsel. Topacio said that even assuming that the recantation has no effect — even in their original statements — there is no strong evidence pointing to Teves as the mastermind behind Degamo’s killing. Meanwhile, Remulla announced on Monday that investigators have gathered independent evidence to hold accountable the individuals responsible for the assassination of Degamo and several others. This comes in light of some suspects retracting their previous statements. But Remulla refrained from divulging further details regarding the evidence, citing the need to preserve the integrity of the ongoing investigation. “We possess various independent pieces of evidence. These details will be disclosed at a later stage,” Remulla said. The DoJ chief also downplayed the significance of the recantation made by the suspects involved in the killing Degamo, stressing that recantations are generally disapproved of and should not be taken as absolute truth.   The post Teves seeks Degamo murder raps dismissal appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 18th, 2023

Teves files motion to dismiss Degamo murder raps

The camp of suspended Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr. on Monday filed a motion to dismiss the multiple murder complaints filed against him in relation to the murder of provincial governor Roel Degamo and several others. Teves' counsel Atty. Ferdie Topacio said the motion to dismiss is based on the absence of probable cause and even a lack of “reasonable certainty of conviction,” both of which he said they would demonstrate to the court. In particular, Topacio cited the recantation of a suspect in the case, and that the statements made by the suspects linking Teves to Degamo’s murder are hearsay and were given without the presence of the suspects' chosen legal counsel. Topacio said that even assuming the recantation has no effect, there remains no direct evidence to pin Teves as the alleged mastermind, only hearsay, conjecture and guesswork. Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Boying Remulla announced on Monday that investigators have gathered enough independent evidence to hold accountable the individuals responsible for the assassination of Degamo and several others, in reaction to some of the suspects in the case retracting their previous statements. “We possess various independent pieces of evidence. These details will be disclosed at a later stage," he said. The post Teves files motion to dismiss Degamo murder raps appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 17th, 2023

5 Degamo suspects recant testimonies

Five more suspects in the high-profile killing of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo and several others have retracted their previous statements linking suspended Negros Oriental Third District Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr. to the sensational 4 March killings. This brings the total number of suspects who initially cooperated with authorities during the initial stages of the investigation but have now recanted their statements to 10. Atty. Jord Valenton — representing the five suspects who recanted their testimonies — disclosed that they just filed a motion to quash the information before regular courts. The first suspect to withdraw his statement was Osmundo Rivero, who stated in his counter-affidavit that he had been subjected to alleged torture in order to falsely implicate Teves. Three more suspects — Rogelio Antipolo, Rommel Pattaguan, and Dahniel Lora — followed suit and submitted affidavits of recantation after Rivero’s withdrawal. Moreover, Joven Javier’s lawyer, Atty. Danny Villanueva, recently revealed that his client had withdrawn four statements previously provided to investigators during the early stages of the probe. Meantime, Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla stressed that those who recanted their testimonies may face perjury charges for their sudden reversal in testimony after initially cooperating with authorities. Remulla issued the statement when asked by reporters for his take on additional five suspects recanting their statements. Remulla emphasized the significance of these recantations. “These recantations cannot be taken lightly, as they constitute a form of perjury without a doubt. There is perjury involved one way or another, either during their initial statements or now as they recant,” Remulla said. In other developments, the Manila Regional Trial Court on Wednesday announced that it has postponed the scheduled arraignment of 10 detained suspects in the 4 March 2023 killings. The postponement of arraignment was confirmed by Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony D. Fadullon, adding that the arraignment was reset because of pending incidents. Those whose arraignments were postponed were Rogelio C. Antipolo Jr., Jhudiel R. Rivero, Romel A. Pattaguan, Dahniel P. Lora, Joven C. Javier, Winrich B. Isturis, John Louie L. Gonyon, Eulogio L. Gonyon Jr., Joric G. Labrador and Marvin H. Miranda. They have been charged with 10 counts of murder, 12 counts of frustrated murder, and three counts of attempted murder under the Revised Penal Code. Five of the suspects represented by Villanueva have executed affidavits of recantation. The post 5 Degamo suspects recant testimonies appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 31st, 2023

Raps vs Teves et al. delayed, may be filed 17 May

The filing of criminal charges against suspended Negros Oriental 3rd District Rep. Arnolfo “Arnie” A. Teves in the 4 March killings of Gov. Roel R. Degamo and nine other persons did not push through yesterday, 15 May, as earlier announced by Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin C. Remulla. Remulla said the charges against Teves will be filed “most probably on Wednesday,” 17 May, before the Department of Justice by the National Bureau of Investigation. The delay, Remulla said, was due to the suspects already in the custody of law enforcement agencies being represented by new lawyers. Before the appearance of the private lawyers, six persons surrendered to the military for their alleged involvement in the killings. They brought were provided counsel from the Public Attorney’s Office. Remulla expressed concern about the sudden representation by lawyers of those in government custody. “There’s a conspiracy and there are probably people with a lot of money operating within the conspiracy to be able to afford the lawyers they are now getting,” he said. “We suspect that they will change their statements later on and may make recantations of sorts,” Remulla added. Teves has been tagged as “one of the masterminds” in the killing of Degamo. The House suspended Teves as a legislator after he refused to return to the Philippines despite the expiration of his travel authority last 9 March. The solon then applied for asylum in Timor Leste, which denied his request.   The post Raps vs Teves et al. delayed, may be filed 17 May appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 15th, 2023

Teves,12 others tagged terrorists

The Anti-Terrorism Council or ATC has designated Negros Oriental Rep. Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr. as a terrorist for allegedly masterminding the assassination of Gov. Roel Degamo last 4 March, which also resulted in the deaths of nine others. The ATC named the congressman, who had gone into hiding, as the leader of the Teves Terrorist Group, which allegedly included as members his younger brother, Pryde Henry Teves, and purported bagman Marvin Miranda. Pryde was unseated by the Commission on Elections after a recount of the votes cast in the 2022 Negros Oriental gubernatorial election showed that Degamo had won. Degamo was killed in a commando-style attack at his residential compound in Pamplona town. The slain governor’s wife, Janice, is the mayor of Pamplona. The assault happened just weeks after the Supreme Court upheld the Comelec’s proclamation of Degamo as governor. Also tagged as terrorists were Nigel Electona, Tomasino Aledro, Rogelio Antipolo, Hannah Mae Oray, Rommel Pattaguan, Winrich Isturis, John Louie Gonyon, Dahniel Lora, Eulogio Gonyon Jr. and Jomarie Catubay. In a three-page resolution dated 26 July and signed by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin that was released yesterday, the ATC said Pryde and Electona “provided material support” to Teves in furtherance of his alleged terrorist activities. “Investigation also revealed that Hannah Mae Sumero Oray handled the operational funds for the killings while Marvin H. Miranda acted as organizer and recruiter of personnel for specific terrorist attacks,” the ATC said. In April, Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla revealed the government’s intention to designate Teves as a terrorist, saying that his group’s alleged “activities that led to the killings are all covered by the Anti-Terror Law, [including] the recruitment, financing, purchase of firearms, and their distribution.”   In hiding Teves has refused to come home after being located last in Timor-Leste, claiming his life was in danger. There was talk he was already in the Philippines under the protection of a former high government official. The House of Representatives had twice suspended Teves for refusing to heed Speaker Martin Romualdez’s plea to come home to face the charges against him. The Philippine National Police had filed a separate complaint against Teves before the Department of Justice last March over the alleged political killing of three other persons in Negros Oriental in 2019. A Degamo lawyer said the Teveses could be linked to as many as 60 killings in Negros Oriental. In reaction, Pryde said in a radio interview that his lawyers would appeal the ATC resolution. He expressed dismay that his right to travel and earn a livelihood would be affected by the order. Saying he would not leave Negros Oriental despite the tagging, the younger Teves said he would be the last to resort to terrorism because he had been a victim of violence. Meanwhile, Ferdinand Topacio, a lawyer of Congressman Teves, lambasted the ATC whose order, he said, demonstrated the government’s prejudgment of the case and “desperation” to take his client into custody. “Since day one of the Degamo killing, the government has mobilized all the resources at its disposal, starting with immediately tagging Teves as the mastermind thereof without investigation, conducting illegal searches on his properties, laying siege to his powers and prerogatives as a member of the House, embarking on a massive media campaign to discredit him and prejudice the minds of the public against him, among other things, all in an obsessive attempt to blame him for a crime at the expense of his constitutional rights,” Topacio said. Topacio questioned why the government had to use the ATC against Teves, in a case for which the Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020 was not “designed.” “The agencies of government, having eggs on their faces due to the recantation of all the key witnesses, the lack of evidence against Representative Teves, the public backlash against his obvious persecution, and the embarrassing failure of the authorities to bully him into returning to the country in spite of grave and serious threats to his life has expectedly weaponized the Anti-Terror Act by using it for the purpose for which it was not designed,” he said. When it was first floated that Teves would be tagged as a terrorist, he posted a video of himself wearing Muslim garb and laughing. The post Teves,12 others tagged terrorists appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 1st, 2023

Manila RTC junks plea for release by Degamo suspect

The Manila regional trial court junked the petition for release filed by a detained suspect in the killings of 10 persons, one of them governor Roel R. Degamo, in Pamplona town in Negros Oriental on 4 March. In a ruling, RTC Judge Janice R. Yulo-Antero of Branch 16 denied the petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus filed by Joven C. Javier, one of the 11 detained suspects in the killings. The judge, in the order issued on 5 July 2023, also ordered Javier’s recommitment to the Manila City jail. “The Department of Justice welcomes the decision of the Court in the petition for Habeas Corpus,” DOJ Assistant Secretary Jose Dominic F. Clavano IV said yesterday. “The decision states in very simple terms that there was no basis to file the petition in the first place." The DOJ official said the judiciary is now “aware of the dilatory and diversionary tactics of lawyers that seek to further the conspiracy behind the Pamplona massacre.” Javier, in his petition for release, claimed that he is “being unlawfully detained and deprived of his liberty without any formal charge or judicial warrant.” However, Antero said Javier’s allegation was refuted during a hearing held last 30 May when “the petitioner Joven Calibjo Javier was produced in court with Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Fadullon and State Solicitor Erika Frances Buluran-Monzon appearing for Respondents.” “SDSP Fadullon argued that contrary to the allegations of the petitioner, the latter is not unlawfully restrained of his liberty as an Information of Illegal Possession of Firearms and an Information for three counts of Murder have already been filed in the Regional Trial Court of Manila and is currently pending before Branch 40 and 51 thereof, respectively,” the judge said. “It appears from the respondent’s return and the documents attached thereto that the deprivation of liberty of petitioner is lawful,” the judge ruled. “In the case at bar, it appears that the petitioner is deprived of liberty under a warrant of commitment in pursuance of law, the return is thus considered prima facie evidence of the cause of restraint. The petitioner has failed to present evidence to rebut or contradict such." The post Manila RTC junks plea for release by Degamo suspect appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 10th, 2023

Despite recantations, evidence vs Degamo suspects strong – PNP

Even with the recantation of testimonies of all the accused gunmen in the so-called Pamplona massacre, the Philippine National Police maintained it has strong evidence against the suspects in the attack last March that killed then Negros Oriental governor Roel Degamo and nine other people......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 7th, 2023

Boying back to work Monday after bypass

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla yesterday affirmed his intention to remain in office despite the seriousness of his recent coronary artery or heart bypass surgery. Remulla confirmed the operation was the reason he took a 10-day wellness leave from the Department of Justice. He said he had spoken with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who expressed delight at his successful surgery and wished him a full and speedy recovery. A congressman representing Cavite before joining the Cabinet, Remulla said he plans to resume work on Monday, but admitted he might not be physically present at the DoJ every day. He said he would be undergoing therapy while following a post-operation regimen. Earlier, the DoJ had cited “personal reasons” for Remulla’s leave, as it assured that it remained committed to “upholding the rule of law and ensuring that justice is served.” Remulla would, however, be returning to a DoJ grappling with revelations that the National Bureau of Investigation, an agency under the department, had allowed a co-accused of former senator Leila de Lima in a Muntinlupa drug case to walk in and out of detention. In a Senate hearing Wednesday, Jose Adrian “Jad” Tamson Dera admitted he had been leaving his detention cell at the NBI while on trial along with De Lima. He along with an NBI security detail had reportedly gone to restaurants as far away as Tagaytay. The Muntinlupa court hearing the De Lima case has ordered Dera’s transfer to the Muntinlupa City jail. In another incident, a video of a supposed “command conference” at the NBI that reportedly featured a near-naked woman dancing to provide entertainment has been making the rounds of the Internet. Aside from the De Lima case, the DoJ is in the thick of preparations to prosecute the suspects and the alleged mastermind, Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr., in the assassination of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo. The post Boying back to work Monday after bypass appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 6th, 2023

NBI submits more evidence in Degamo slay

The Department of Justice or DoJ said Tuesday the National Bureau of Investigation submitted additional evidence during the preliminary hearing on the murder complaints over the killing of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo and others. Atty. Mico Clavano, DoJ Assistant Secretary and spokesperson, said the additional evidence included pictures and videos that placed the accused at the scene of the crime in support of the testimonies they gave before they recanted. The additional evidence, Clavano said, will automatically support the original statements of the suspects. “Their recantations were just their statements being taken back. But to put them up against actual object evidence such as pictures and videos will be hard for them to defend. These are the additional pieces of evidence submitted,” he said. The NBI also submitted clearer copies of the evidence submitted earlier. The investigation was on the multiple murder complaints filed against suspended Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr. and several others in the assassination of Degamo. To recall, accused Romel Pattaguan, Dahniel Lora, Osmundo Rivero, Joven Javier and Rogelio Antipolo had virtually affirmed the recantation of their testimonies. In Monday’s probe, accused Winrich Isturis, Joric Labrador, Benjie Rodriguez, Eulogio, and John Louie Gonyon also virtually affirmed their recantations. Meanwhile, Clavano slammed the camp of the five accused who recanted on Monday for delaying the probe, saying that only the affidavits of recantation of Isturis and Labrador were originally signed. The notarized affidavits of the Gonyons and Rodriguez were not originally signed, he said. Clavano said the lawyers for the complainant-witnesses do not seem to take the case seriously as they submitted mere photocopies of their affidavits of recantation. The post NBI submits more evidence in Degamo slay appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 4th, 2023

Lawyers seek De Lemos head for NBI blunder

A group of lawyers who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal blamed the recent significant mistakes of the National Bureau of Investigation on overstaying Director Medardo de Lemos and called for his immediate resignation. The Department of Justice confirmed that Jose Adrian “Jad” Dera, a co-accused of former senator Leila de Lima in her remaining drug case, was arrested by authorities on Wednesday, 21 June, after he allegedly went out from and came back to the NBI Detention Center. Dera’s lawyer says his medical condition necessitates his leaving the NBI premises, even as the NBI has its medical doctor. DoJ Assistant Secretary Mico Clavano said that “firearms, cash, and other contraband” were confiscated from Dera. Six NBI security personnel were arrested together with Dera. Dera is also implicated in the slaying of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo last 4 March 2023. Lawyer Levito Baligod, legal counsel for the Degamo family, said that aside from Jad Dera, alleged co-mastermind Marvin Miranda also enjoys furlough from corrupt NBI officials, leaving the NBI Detention Center as he pleases. A reliable source inside the bureau revealed that the Degamo witnesses’ recantation started with the arrest of Marvin Miranda, the alleged recruiter of the killers of Gov. Degamo. The same source said that he is an asset/informant of a newly-appointed Chief of a District Office of a province near Metro Manila, promoted by the NBI Director De Lemos himself. The same source said that unknown to the public, it was kept from the Department of Justice officials’ knowledge that Miranda is an asset/informant of a newly-installed Chief of a District Office of a province near Metro Manila. The same Chief of the District Office is married to a lady agent who also was a newly-installed Bureau Chief. The same person is rumored to be the paramour of the NBI Director. She was reported to have been with the latter during a foreign trip. “Miranda is a Trojan horse who has a connection with the top officials of the Bureau. And this is just one of the many things that are eroding the morale of the career officers and personnel of the NBI,” the source said in dismay. The widow of Governor Degamo, Pamplona, Negros Oriental Mayor Janice Degamo, in her Facebook post, said; “I have lost my trust in the NBI… It is in this facility that all gunmen recanted (their testimonies). Paano nangyari yun?” She added that “as if the Bureau has no IDEA at all how things like this could happen. Tapos nangyari ito na nahuli si Dera??? Tapos wala itong kinalaman sa recantation? Hanggang saan sa NBI umabot ang P25 million?” “We would request another agency of the government to handle the Degamo case, wag na sa NBI (expletive),” Mayor Janice emphatically said. An NBI source said the recantation of testimonies of all 10 gunmen in the Degamo case is a first in the history of the Bureau. The same group of lawyers said De Lemos might as well resign. He should have retired weeks ago as he reached the age of compulsory retirement last 8 June having reached the age of 65. “The compulsory retirement age of the NBI Director is sixty-five (65). Said position cannot be reappointed because the position is technical and not confidential,” as stated in the description of the position of the NBI Director. Extended term A copy of a memorandum from the Office of the President circulated on social media dated 9 June 2023, signed by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin to Secretary of Justice Crispin Remulla, states “… Mr. De Lemos, who holds a coterminous appointment as Director (Director VI) of the NBI, is considered automatically extended in the service upon reaching the compulsory retirement age of 65 years on 8 June 2023, until the expiry date of his appointment which is until the end of the term of the President, unless his services are earlier terminated”. Executive Order 136 series of 1999 or the law Requiring Presidential Approval of Requests for Extension of Services of Presidential Appointees Beyond the Compulsory Retirement Age, however, states: “That Officials or employees who have reached the compulsory retirement age of 65 years shall not be retained in the service, except for exemplary meritorious reasons.” “The blunders at the NBI is surely not a meritorious reason for De Lemos to be extended in office,” one of the lawyers said. Also cited was a memorandum from Executive Secretary Salvador Madialdea, under then-President Rodrigo Duterte, dated 18 February 2021, and addressed to the heads of departments, agencies, offices, and instrumentalities of government, including Government-Owned or Controlled Corporations or GOCCs. “To ensure the effective and efficient delivery of service, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has instructed the strict adherence of all concerned to Republic Act 8921, otherwise known as the Government Service Insurance System Act 1997, which provides that the compulsory retirement age of government employees is sixty-five (65) years. As such, the extension of service of government officials and employees who have reached the compulsory retirement age will no longer be allowed,” the memorandum read. The post Lawyers seek De Lemos head for NBI blunder appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2023

Degamo suspects affirm recantations

The suspects who had previously retracted their statements in connection with the murder of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo and nine other people affirmed their affidavits of recantation. According to Atty. Andres Manuel, one of the defense lawyers, the affirmation of the recantations was undertaken during a hearing at the Department of Justice yesterday. “They categorically stated that the affidavits of recantation belonged to them and that they understood and comprehended their contents, to which they were attesting,” Manuel said He added: “From the defense’s perspective, this is a significant development. If we analyze the news reports, it seems that the cases against Rep. Teves and others were anchored on the statements of these individuals. Therefore, it appears that they have now recanted, retracting and discrediting their previous statements.” The post Degamo suspects affirm recantations appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 27th, 2023

Remulla issues warning vs Teves camp on preliminaries

Department of Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla on Wednesday revealed that they will be constrained to go to court if the lawyers of embattled Negros Oriental Third District Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr. fail to attend the next preliminary investigation set 27 June. This comes after the Teves’ camp failed to attend the preliminary investigation last Tuesday. Remulla stressed that if the legal counsels of the solon could not take the process seriously, they might as well go to court if they do not respect the DoJ to conduct the preliminary investigation. The DoJ chief also said that Teves and his lawyers have “disrespected” the legal process when they failed to appear at the start of the preliminary investigation of the complaint against the lawmaker in the killings of Negros Oriental Governor Degamo and nine others on Tuesday. Meantime, Teves’ lead counsel Atty. Ferdinand Topacio on Wednesday assured of their participation in the preliminary investigation of the criminal complaints filed against the suspended legislator being conducted by the DoJ. Topacio stressed that records will show that the counsels of the solon have consistently participated in all the preliminary investigations involving their client where subpoenas were properly served. “In fact, there have already been three cases so far where Mr. Teves’ counsels have appeared and have fully taken part in,” Topacio said. “Send us subpoenas properly and we will participate.” Topacio also called out Remulla and said: “If you think we have done anything wrong, then file cases against us and prove your case.” Remulla himself should file the cases and not “to delegate it to your subalterns as that would be cowardice,” Topacio said. The solon — who is still abroad and consistently denied the criminal charges filed against him, has been charged in the 2019 killings of three persons — provincial board member and former National Bureau of Investigation agent Miguel L. Dungog, Lester P. Bato and Pacito R. Libron. With other respondents, Teves has also been charged with multiple murder, multiple frustrated murder, and multiple attempted murder in the 4 March 2023 killings of 10 persons including Degamo and injuries sustained by 18 other persons in Pamplona town. Teves has been tagged as “one of the masterminds” in the Degamo slaying. The solon and his sons, Kurt Matthew and Axel, are also facing charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group as a result of the alleged seizure of firearms and explosives at his house in Bayawan City on 10 March 2023. During the 13 June preliminary investigation, only the detained suspects in the Degamo killing were presented since their lawyers did not also appear, thus they were represented by the Public Attorney’s Office. The post Remulla issues warning vs Teves camp on preliminaries appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 14th, 2023

SoJ: DNA belies Degamo suspects’ retractions

The National Bureau of Investigation said on Tuesday that DNA analysis has linked four of the 10 detained suspects to the 4 March 2023 killings of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo and nine others in Pamplona town. The NBI said the analysis was based on samples taken from the vehicles used by the suspects and blood stains lifted from Degamo’s residence, where the killings took place. Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla said the DNA analysis provided pieces of evidence that could pin down the suspects, apart from the statements they and the witnesses had executed. “Even if they claimed they were not at the crime scene, their blood was there,” Remulla said. The DNA results, he said, refute the recantations of the 10 suspects who claimed they were tortured into admitting to the killings and tagging Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr. as the mastermind. “What does that mean? They were there at the crime scene. So which will you believe, their recantations or their original statements?” Remulla said. The NBI has charged Teves and five other persons with 10 murder, 14 frustrated murder, and four attempted murder counts in the killing of Degamo, the deaths of nine other persons, and injuries to 18 others. The counsel of the Degamo family, lawyer Levito D. Baligod, said the DNA analysis confirmed the participation of four suspects, namely, Rogelio C. Antipolo Jr., Winrich B. Isturis, John Louie L. Gonyon, and Jhudiel R. Rivero. Remulla said the DoJ had issued a subpoena to Teves directing the lawmaker to appear at Tuesday’s hearing to submit a counter-affidavit. However, Teves, who is currently under suspension by the House of Representatives, remains abroad. The preliminary investigation was suspended because neither Teves nor his lawyers appeared. The detained suspects were the only ones presented during yesterday’s hearing, but since their lawyers also failed to appear they were represented by the Public Attorney’s Office. Remulla said the DoJ gave Teves and his lawyers another chance to appear in the next preliminary investigation set for 27 June. The post SoJ: DNA belies Degamo suspects’ retractions appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 13th, 2023

Untrammeled injustice (4)

Filing the case against the suspects in the Degamo slay based on their recanted sworn statements and at the same time filing a perjury case against them as announced by the Department of Justice is gross ignorance of criminal procedure as well as the rules on evidence. If the original sworn statements by the suspects were not recanted, then the government undoubtedly would have a solid case against them. With their formal recantation, there is not even a probable cause to speak of for the filing of the murder case in court unless there are witnesses who saw them commit the crime or have personal knowledge of the suspects’ plan to execute the offense coming forward and detailing the circumstances in a sworn statement to be presented in the preliminary investigation stage. Their positive identification of the suspects as the perpetrators of the crime could be adequate and sufficient for a judgement of conviction when they are tried in court. The prosecutors can also introduce circumstantial evidence that will add to the positive identification of the accused to further strengthen their case. Simultaneous filing of the murder complaint based on their recanted confession and the perjury case are at war with each other. It will only demonstrate not only the weakness of the prosecution’s theory but its unpreparedness as well. The perjury case will give the defense an arsenal to demolish the murder case. The accused can use the perjury case by arguing that their original statements cannot hold because the prosecution is charging them with lying with their statements. So, if they are lying, how can those statements be deemed truthful and become the basis of the filing of the murder complaint? Since the government filed the case based on their lies, how can they be adjudged guilty of the crime of murder? If the government lawyers file a perjury case against the recanting suspects and they are found guilty of lying, then they will be guilty of perjury of a lesser crime, and necessarily they will get away with murder because the original confessions or admissions will lose their validity. If, however, they are found innocent by the court on the perjury charge it would mean that their confessions to the crime will be admissible in court as declarations against interest and will weigh heavily on their guilt. The better option therefore for the government is to file the perjury case and put on hold the institution of the murder indictment and if it has already been filed, it should withdraw it pending the resolution of the former. The two criminal cases cannot be filed at the same time because it is contradictory.  Should the government persist in pursuing its present legal position, it will suffer a legal debacle and whoever engineered the Degamo slay will escape from accountability for the crimes he or she and whoever the accomplices and accessories are have committed. All these imminent legal disasters could be avoided if the government official concerned official could only zip his mouth official and be judicious in his public, hasty and reckless pronouncements on the guilt of the suspects. The post Untrammeled injustice (4) appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2023

‘Garbage, baloney,’ Remulla to Teves

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla has called on Negros Oriental Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr. to return to the country and face the charges of murder, frustrated murder, and attempted murder filed against him by the National Bureau of Investigation. Remulla on Thursday described Teves’ video rants to reporters as “baloney” and “garbage.” The Justice secretary made the call after Teves dared him to resign if he could not prove his previous pronouncement that Teves had applied for citizenship in Timor-Leste. “I don’t have to prove anything here,” Remulla said. “Teves is the one (who has) to prove that he can face the charges against him.” Remulla reiterated his call for Teves to return to the Philippines and answer the subpoena that has been issued against him. “The public should know that he is being summoned by the authorities to explain his involvement in the crime concerning the deaths of many people,” Remulla said. “It’s better for him to come home and face the music instead of talking too much,” he added. Teves has been accused of being one of the masterminds in the killing of Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo and nine other persons on 4 March 2023. Teves’ lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, meanwhile, claimed they have “intelligence reports” that some officials of the DoJ had tried to bribe a former aide of the lawmaker. Topacio averred the officials tried to sway Marvin Miranda, one of 11 suspects in the death of Degamo and nine others last 4 March, to pin down Teves as the mastermind. “We are verifying these reports, but rest assured that they come from sources [that] have been reliable in the past,” Topacio said. Ten of the 11 suspects who initially cooperated with authorities recanted their confessions against Teves. With Edjen Oliquino and Jing Villamente With Edjen Oliquino and Jing Villamente The post ‘Garbage, baloney,’ Remulla to Teves appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 8th, 2023

Teves camp flips bribe claim

A lawyer of Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr. yesterday said officials of the Department of Justice had tried to bribe a former aide of the lawmaker into tagging him as a mastermind in the assassination of Governor Roel Degamo. Atty. Ferdinand Topacio told reporters they had “intelligence reports” in support of the claim of the Teves camp that DoJ officials tried to influence Marvin Miranda, one of 11 suspects in the killing of Degamo and nine others, into confessing. Armed men stormed the house of Degamo in Pamplona town, Negros Oriental, on 4 March, firing indiscriminately and hitting even those who were there merely to receive aid from the governor. “We are verifying these reports, but rest assured that they come from sources [that] have been reliable in the past,” Topacio said. Ten of the 11 suspects who initially cooperated with authorities recanted their confessions implicating Teves. Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla had claimed that P8 million was offered to each of the suspects to retract their confessions. Remulla said the offer to the suspects was made after Miranda was allowed to speak to a lawyer he earlier denied knowing. All 11 accused, including Miranda, had filed motions to quash the information against them, alleging their arrests were unlawful. The most recent suspects to recant were Winrich Esturis, Eugelio Gonyon Jr., John Louie Gonyon, Joric Labrador, and Benjie Rodriguez. They were represented by lawyer Jord Valenton, who said his clients were tortured into confessing that they had taken part in the assassination of Degamo. The post Teves camp flips bribe claim appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 8th, 2023

Teves mocks DoJ over ‘bribing’ allegations

Embattled Negros Oriental Third District Representative Arnolfo Teves Jr. mocked Justice Secretary Boying Remulla’s claim that the suspects were bribed with P8 million each to recant their statements against him. In a Facebook video uploaded on Saturday, Teves labeled the alleged P8-million bribe as a figment of the Department of Justice’s imagination, stressed that he had no idea where Remulla obtained the figure. The accused lawmaker’s remark came a day after Remulla’s claim that the offer to the suspects began when his alleged co-mastermind Marvin Miranda was allowed to speak with a lawyer he earlier refuted knowing. “When Marvin Miranda was caught on 31 March, about six days after that, the rustling started. When he finally spoke to the lawyer he didn’t want to let in at first, the money offer to the other accused began,” said the Justice chief. To recall, five more suspects in the sensational 4 March killing of Degamo and nine others recanted their confessions before the Manila Regional Trial Court on 31 May, bringing the total number of suspects who initially cooperated with authorities but have now recanted their statements to 10. All 11 accused, including Miranda, filed a move to quash as they alleged that their arrests were unlawful. The most recent suspects to recant are Winrich Esturis, Eugelio Gonyon Jr., John Louie Gonyon, Joric Labrador and Benjie Rodriguez. They were represented by lawyer Jord Valenton, who said his clients were subjected to torture to confess to taking part in the assassination. Remulla over the weekend named former Justice Undersecretary Reynante Orceo as the person who allegedly spoke with Miranda and other suspects. Teves contended, though, that the Justice chief was only fabricating it against him. Previously, Teves was given another 60-day suspension and forfeited his committee memberships by the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges on Wednesday as a punishment for his continued defiance of Speaker Martin Romualdez’s call to return home and face the allegations against him in the Degamo murder case and report to work. His first suspension lapsed on 22 May. Teves left for the US since February this year. His stay outside the country despite his expired travel clearance is one of the reasons the House is running after him. The post Teves mocks DoJ over ‘bribing’ allegations appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 5th, 2023

DOJ chief names ex-usec in Degamo case ‘bribe try’

Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla on Friday said a former ranking official of the agency had dangled a hefty sum to the arrested suspects in the assassination of Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo, allegedly in exchange for withdrawing their confessions that also linked Negros Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr. to the killing. In […] The post DOJ chief names ex-usec in Degamo case ‘bribe try’ appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2023

Remulla: Suspects in Degamo slay were offered P8 million each to recant statements

MANILA, Philippines — The suspects in the killing of Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Dagamo and nine others received P8-million offers each to recant their statements, Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla said Friday, citing an intelligence report. Remulla said the offer started when the alleged co-mastermind Marvin Miranda was able to talk to a lawyer he […] The post Remulla: Suspects in Degamo slay were offered P8 million each to recant statements appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2023