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Ex-NBI chief seeks court protection vs De Lima, 2 others


MANILA, Philippines—Former National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Magtanggol Gatdula on Monday filed a petition for a writ of amparo against Justice Secretary Leila De Lima and two others in connection with the alleged “ambush me” incident of NBI Deputy Director Reynaldo Esmeralda.

In a 14-page petition, Gatdula asked the Manila Regional Trial Court to issue a writ of amparo ordering De Lima, NBI officer-in-charge Nonnatus Rojas and Esmeralda to “cease and desist from further threatening the life, liberty and security of petitioner and his family” and to restrain respondents from “framing up petitioner for the fake ambush incident by filing bogus charges of frustrated murder” against him.

Gatdula also asked the Manila Court to issue a temporary protection order for him and to order the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the NBI to produce the medical and ballistic reports and other documents related to the ambush incident of Esmeralda.

“Because of respondent’s prejudgment, a danger that Petitioner will be framed up for the ambush and subsequently be the subject of an extralegal killing, which will be committed in the guise of effecting a lawful arrest, now exists,” Gatdula said.

“This is an inevitable conclusion because respondents De Lima and Esmeralda have access to men and means to carry out an extralegal killing while petitioner stands all alone with no one to help him except this Court,” he added.

Esmeralda and his brother were ambushed last week by two men riding a motorcycle while travelling in a four-vehicle convoy along Apacible Street, Paco, Manila. Esmeralda sustained minor injuries while his brother was hit by a bullet on the right shoulder.

De Lima, together with Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan attributed the ambush to the case of Japanese national Noriyo Ohara where Gatdula and several other ranking NBI officials were relieved amidst allegation of abduction and extortion.

The “ambush me” tag came up following reports that the crime scene was cleared immediately after the incident and Esmeralda managed to call De Lima a few minutes after the ambush.

The writ of amparo is a remedy available to any person whose right to life, liberty and security has been violated or is threatened with violation by an unlawful act or omission of a public official or employee, or of a private individual or entity.

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Tags: Leila de Lima , Magtanggol Gatdula , Metro , NBI , writ of amparo

  • marcos_hitler_diktador_tuta

    Absurd. Gatdula is seeking protection from a department who is pursuing a criminal case against him.

    Lumalabas na ang tunay mong katauhan Gatdula. To begin with, why did you not turn-over the victim to Bureau of Immigration when it was well within your power and capacity to do so? WHY???

    You never had an answer to this. You were crying due process at once. Bogus.

    You were involved in the kidnapping that’s why.

    • Guest

      sige na nga BOY.ilabas mo evidence mo……

  • Malik62

    A song why Gatdula is haunted by Leila De Lima (Bonie Tyler)

    Here She Comes

    She begins to steal the light

    Confusion throws another mystery.

    It’s out of focus with the eye

    So now you wonder is this just a dream?

    Here she comes

    Here she comes

    She ‘s gonna cause a sensation now.

    And just between you and me

    I think she’ll soon have you temptation bound.

    Suppose who knows? She’s not above suspicion.

    Is she maybe on some kind of secret mission?

    Better listen.



    There’s still some pieces missing.

    I sense

    I feel

    Trust my intuition

    Don’t rush into your decision !

    Now here’s a riddle in a rhyme.

    If she’s the same how come she’s different now?

    The same old eyes but not the shine.

    You know you’re certain but you’re full of doubt.

    Now here she comes

    Here she comes.

    She’s gonna have you at her beck and call.

    So why refuse


    Why contend?

    When all resistance is impossible!

    Suppose who knows? She’s not above suspicion

    Now here she comes

    Here she comes

    Now here she comes

    Here she comes.

    This lady’s serious make no mistake.

    Face to face and eye to eye

    She’ll cast a spell that you may never break


    Here she comes

    Here she comes.

    Here she comes

    Here she comes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Betz-Chui/100002310507085 Betz Chui

    Hay naku… Gatdula is removed for kidnapping! The ambush has resulted in : Esmeralda sustained minor injuries while his brother was hit by a bullet on the right shoulder.

    The person with motive is Gatdula. Now Gatdula is asking the Manila Regional Trial Court to issue a writ of amparo vs
    De Lima, NBI officer-in-charge Nonnatus Rojas and Esmeralda?  Magaling mag advice at magpasirko ang abogado ni Gatdula – mala GMA itong mga hakbang nya. HEHEHE.

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