Bantag’s camp stands pat on plea

Photo by Bob Dungo Jr.

The camp of suspended Bureau of Corrections chief Gerald Bantag  yesterday filed a motion for reconsideration before the Department of Justice to reverse a resolution denying their plea to inhibition of government prosecutors from handling the prison official’s two murder complaints.

The MR was filed as the DoJ resumed the preliminary investigation into the murder of broadcaster Percy Lapid last October and the subsequent killing of middleman Jun Villamor.

Atty. Rocky Balisong, counsel of Bantag, in an ambush interview, expressed hope that the DoJ reconsider its denial in light of their filing of a murder complaint against Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla and several other respondents that arose from the death of Lapid, who was Percival Mabasa in real life.

“Yes, we filed a motion for reconsideration, first because that is in accordance with the rules, and second on the ground that we filed a similar case, a murder case before the Ombudsman that is against the honorable secretary and the other respondents,” Balisong said.

”So what we’re saying is since the two cases now, the case pending here and the case pending in the Ombudsman arose out of the same incident, referring to the same victims, referring to the same set of characters. So it has to be consolidated since it is now in the nature of a charge, counter-charge,” he continued.


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