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Gatdula seeks amparo writ vs De Lima, NBI


Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Magtanggol Gatdula. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Former National Bureau of Investigation Director Magtanggol Gatdula on Monday filed a petition to prevent Justice Secretary  Leila de Lima and the NBI from framing, or even trying to get him killed, for what he claimed was the fake ambush on NBI Deputy Director Reynaldo Esmeralda last week.

In a 14-page petition submitted Monday, 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 [his] life, liberty and security,” and to restrain them from “filing bogus charges of frustrated murder” against him for the ambush of Esmeralda.

Gatdula’s camp said they had received information he would be tagged the mastermind of the ambush by a fake witness who would surface this week.

Gatdula’s camp further feared the accusation would lead to Gatdula being killed in a “rubout.”

“This is an inevitable conclusion because…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,” it said.

The Toyota SUV of Esmeralda, NBI deputy director for technical services, was strafed by unidentified gunmen last  Tuesday evening as his two-car convoy was passing through a street in Paco, Manila.

No one was killed, but Esmeralda and his driver sustained superficial wounds while his brother was hit in the shoulder.

The day after the ambush, Esmeralda and De Lima aired theories that the strafing may have been related to the Noriyo Ohara kidnapping case, where Gatdula stands accused. Esmeralda was one of those invited by a Department of Justice fact-finding panel to shed light on the case.

Gatdula’s camp pointed out that the reference to the Ohara case implicitly accused Gatdula of being responsible for the  ambush.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MIQDQTQUTZG2IKF73OODCLQMPY R

    Your days are numbered De Lima!

    • Templar Society

      Gloria Arroyo is that you? :D

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J7QZMA5F255IDHUMDBNI666WH4 Noel

        naunahan mo ko dun, bro! he he. 

      • manks

         Si Mike Arroyo yan pre… hehehehehe

  • bkkofw


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Moreno/100001384054368 Mike Moreno

    Dateline: Richmond City, BC., Canada. Gatdula seeks amparo writ vs De Lima, NBI for threatening his life liberty and security as well as filing bogus charges against him. This writer think the former NBI chief is over reacting. I think it is best for him to trust the government.

  • kismaytami

    All alone huh…

  • joeldcndcn

    gatdula and his “cult; must be investiagted for the ambush-assasination attempt on NBI director esmeralda, there could be some “links” with him and his group, ok? NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW INCLUDING THOSE CULT GROUPS,  PNOY SHOULD STAND STRONG ON THIS, OK? THE MILITARY CAN HANDLE THESE CULTS, OK?

  • BillyGregory

    Is Gatdula telling us that NBI, during his time, used its “access to men and means to carry out [an] extralegal killing[s]?”

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

      Perhaps not.. but kidnapping, yes.. hehehe

  • remario58

    This guy is trying to manipulate the law in his favor, he has been granted a TRO, now he ask for  a writ of amparo. Later he will ask for the dismissal of the case for lack of evidence.Why is it Mr. Gatdula that you ask all of this, when it is in simple terms it can be settled when you will just stop running around hiding yourself in the TRO. If you are not guilty of the accussations they say you commit, then try to face them in courts. It is easier said than, right?. But you can not do it because something inside rings true. If you say you have not commited any wrong doing then you just need to face De Lima and his team, they are not going to eat you alive. They will only serve you justice where justice is due. Is it very hard for you to accept that, very difficult to accept if guilty. You are a citizen of this country and you are intitled to all the protection in the bill of rights, but one thing is clear the truth will come out and if you can handle the truth better face them squarely now, the problem here is you can not face the truth that’s why you employ all the legal protections accorded to you as a citizen. Good luck, may the best man win.

    • pulis

       Mga PMA’ers yan, puro sakit sa ulo ang mapapala natin sa mga ‘to..Tulad na lang ni Pingpong Lacson, pinabaya-an na lang ni Pnoy kasi maraming lusot..Pag may mag witness pinapatay kaagad..Kaya wala ring mangyayari sa kaso na yan lalo na hawak ng Iglesia ni kaldero..

  • ptoprin

    katawatawa harharhar.. si GATDULA aambusin pa lang subalit si esmeralda na ambush na. sino ang mas nangangailangan ng proteksiyon? ayyusin mo nga GATDULA at hindi ka kapanipaniwala…isa kang typical na pulis..

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/2GBYYBFAWSOX6DFXHI4EXY7CKE Asyong

      Korek ka dyan ptoprin, aside from being a typical police, also a typical INC gang member har har har har,,,umayos ka Gatdula!!!!!

    • waybookog

      mukang conectado sa CJ corona… declara ng people power kapit kamay mga INC???  pero kapag naamoy ng taong bayan ang pakay… tatapatan ng catolico power para alisin sa pwesto ang kapit tuko kapal muks na mga opisyales…ano yan?? divided by churches ang mangyari? ‘yan ang iniwang perwisyo ginawa ni G.arroyo.

  • Rolly_Silentwater

    Hay naku gatdula….being defensive is just pushing yourself to the wall..let it flow..if you are not guilty it will come out that way..but if you are then you will be sorry and it will be double wammy for you.

  • http://twitter.com/enerinuj enerinuj


  • yatot

    Mabuhay ka Gatdula!

    Oras na para walisin ang mga tunay na dumi ng lipunan. Nawa’s mag anib kayo ni Gen. Palparan laban sa mapang aping rehimeng Aquino-Delima.

    Dasal namin ang inyong kaligtasan!

  • http://twitter.com/jamjam232323 Strawberry Jam

    To De Lima: Kahit anong pabango mo sa masa, amoy sarsa ka pa rin ni Mang
    Tomas! Nakapagtataka bakit asal tuta ka eh baboy ka naman!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P4PJTK24GZT7IO7J453AR3EYJM Lights

    HAHA..”A-1″ intelligence report for staged ambush….buti nga De Lima

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