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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, February 22, 2016
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Raps filed vs.
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Senior Supt. Jose Mario Espino, chief of the Philippine National Police Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies, has filed complaints against 16 persons, including five lawyers, two policemen and a retired cop for alleged false testimony and perjury in connection with a raid conducted on the ancestral home of former Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña in 2013.

Espino filed a complaint for violation or Article 172 of the Revised Penal Code for falsification of public, official or commercial documents, and Article 183 for falsification of testimony and perjury before the Bago City Prosecutor against lawyers Roem Arbolado, Sahlee Gail Lobaton, Norman Golez, Ferdinand Calunsag, Gene Nicholas Lee.

Also named as respondents were SPO1 Vicente Castillo, PO2 Pedrito Lupo, Manny Rio, Joey Yunque, Deolito Morancil, Jimmy Castanos, Armando de la Paz, Rey Asgar, Nelvon Gange and Jay Gange.

Arbolado when reached for comment yesterday said they had not received a copy of the complaint yet and would issue a reply when they do.

Espino also filed a complaint against Rosendo Bersal Jr. of Barangay Estefania, Bacolod, before the La Carlota Prosecutor's Office for violation of Article 183 of the Revised Penal Code.

In his complaint filed against the 15 before the Bago City Prosecutor, Espino said that on Sept. 2013, the respondents filed an omnibus motion to quash search warrant and exclude illegally obtained evidence before Branch 62 of the Regional Trial Court of Bago City.

In their motion, they attached an alleged order from Branch 85 of the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City denying the search warrant on the ancestral home of Peña that, according to Espino, was falsified.

Espino said the court issued a certification that no order had been issued denying the issuance of a search warrant, what had been issued was an order dated April 23, 2013 granting the issuance of a search warrant.

The respondents made a mockery of justice by introducing a documentary exhibit that was not issued by the court, he said.

Respondents benefitted from the presentation of the alleged denial order to secure a favorable judgment at Branch 62 of RTC Bago City, Espino said.

He said using a document never issued by the court makes the respondents liable of manufacturing evidence, and making a mockery of justice.

By conspiracy all respondents violated Articles 172 and 183 , Espino said.

In a separate complaint against Bersal, a former member of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Espino said he violated Article 183 of the Revised Penal Code for issuing conflicting affidavits and alleging that the raiding team had planted 2 TNTs during the raid.*CPG




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