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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, January 9, 2018
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counter raps vs. cop chief

More cases will be filed against Moises Padilla police chief, Senior Inspector Allan Reloj, this week.

Moises Padilla Vice Mayor Ella Celestina Garcia Yulo and her husband, Felix Mathias Segundo Feria Yulo, who were released from jail Saturday, are filing multiple criminal and administrative cases against Reloj this week, their lawyer Karol Joseph Chiu, said yesterday.

They may file the criminal cases against Reloj before the Negros Occidental Prosecutor's Office and the administrative cases before the National Police Commission, Chiu said, without giving further details.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II will also be informed of the delay in the release of the Yulos despite an order issued by the prosecutor's office,John Chiong, Task Force Kasanag president, said.

Reloj and his men apprehended the Yulocouple at a police checkpoint in Moises Padilla on Dec. 19, and filed an illegal possession of explosives complaint against them, which is a non-bailable offense.

The couple, who spent Christmas and New Year in detention called the charges against them malicious and fabricated. They were subsequently released based on an order signed by Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Elsie Madrangca-Sendico on Dec. 29, 2017 and approved by Deputy Provincial Prosecutor Ma. ConsolacionBascug.

Chiong said they are questioning why although the release order was signed on Dec. 29, the Yulos remained in jail during the New Year celebrations and were only released Saturday.

Their lawyer also said they are questioning why, while the order was received by the Moises Padilla police at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, theYulos were only released 8 p.m. Saturday.

Sendico, in her order directing the release of the Yulos from detention, said the criminal complaint filed for inquest against them was for illegal possession of explosives, a non-bailable offense.

However, the charge for possession of grenades against the Yulos is anchored upon the validity of their warrantless arrest and on whether there is probable cause for an illegal possession of firearm case against theYulos, she said.

Without the joint filing for inquest proceeding of the criminal complaint for possession of a .45 caliber firearm allegedly seized from them in plain view, coupled with the non submission of the firearm as evidence and the corresponding proof that it was indeed not licensed, Sendico said “the charge for illegal possession of explosives has not leg to stand on.”

That is why the complaint for illegal possession of explosives with that of illegal possession of firearms need to be consolidated so evidence can be evaluated jointly, she said.

The absence of evidence on the legality of the arrest for illegal possession of a firearm would nullify the subsequent search that led to the alleged recovery of the explosives, it was noted.

For the moment,there isinsufficient evidence to continue with the inquest investigation, the prosecutor added.

She said the criminal complaint for explosives is redocketed into a regular preliminary investigation case and is consolidated with the subsequent complaints filed by the police against the Yulos for illegal possession of firearm and for direct assault.

Chiu said he expects the charges against the Yulos to be dismissed for lack of evidence.

Reloj and six other Moises Padilla policemenare also facing libel charges before the Ombudsman.

La Castellana Mayor RhumylaNicor-Mangilimutan said the charges were filed against Reloj and his men for attempting to link her brother, La Castellana Councilor Alberto “White”Nicor, to the illegal drug trade in Negros Occidental.* CPG



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