[Blueboard] From Katotohan: Kuratong Baleleng Case

Hilda Kapauan Abola hilda at admu.edu.ph
Fri May 31 09:16:28 PHT 2002


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THE KURATONG BALELENG CASE
SUPREME COURT¹S DECISION TO REMAND
THE CASE TO THE QUEZON CITY REGIONAL TRIAL COURT
28 MAY 2002

Remanding to the Q.C. RTC means it must determine if the prosecution of the
case will proceed. The following four (4) issues are key:

1. whether or not then General Panfilo Lacson gave his expressed consent to
the provisional dismissal of the case in 1999;
2. whether or not the complainants were notified of the hearing;
3. when does the two (2) year period begin:
   a. when Judge Agnir issued the dismissal (~28-30 March 1999), or
   b. when the complainants received the copy of the dismissal; and
4. whether there are exceptional circumstances to disregard the two (2) year
prescription period.

The most critical issue, and the strongest issue, in favor of reopening the
case is issue #2.  

There are a total of eleven (11) victims in the 18 May incident and all
relatives, who are the complainants in this case, claim they never received
the dismissal order. As of the moment, seven (7) complainants can be
contacted and are willing to testify that they were never informed of the
dismissal. The other four (4) will be hard to find, but will most probably
be willing to testify that they too were not notified about the dismissal.

While there is the issue of technicality here, there are also the issues of
truth and culpability ­ fact is eleven (11) members of Kuratong Baleleng
were killed 18 May 1995, and some people must be held accountable for their
death. And perhaps we also need to realize that the greater victims now are
the families the eleven (11) who were murdered.

In December 1995, a Senate joint committee report on the Kuratong Baleleng
case recommended that murder charges be filed against members of the
Philippine National Police (PNP), including several generals. Those involved
were Panfilo Lacson, Jewel Canson, Romeo Acop, Francisco Zubia, Michael Ray
Aquino, Cesar Mancao and 31 other policemen.

In order to allow a fair and unbiased hearing of this case, we need to
respectfully appeal to Senator Panfilo Lacson to take a leave of absence
from the Senate. Please write to him and collect signatures.

DISSEMINATE THE TRUTH ­ 11 LIVES WERE LOST, 11 FAMILIES CONTINUE TO SUFFER
DUE TO MURDER, THOSE RESPONSIBLE MUST BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE ­ CALL RADIO &
TV PROGRAMS, WRITE NEWSPAPERS.




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