Protesters press DOJ on Leonard Co slay



Justice Secretary Leila de Lima INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Thursday said she would order the prosecutor general of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to expedite the release of the result of the preliminary investigation into the killing of renowned botanist Leonard Co on  Nov. 15, 2010.

“I will ask PG (Prosecutor General Claro Arellano) to check, to verify the exact status and direct his office to expedite the resolution [of the preliminary investigation],” De Lima told reporters on the second anniversary of Co’s death.

De Lima was asked the status of the DOJ investigation of the Co case after a group of environmentalists and human rights advocates staged a protest outside the DOJ building in Manila yesterday demanding the release of the resolution of the preliminary investigation two years to the day Co died at the hands allegedly of military troops who may have mistaken him and his group for communist rebels.

The protesters also delivered postcards to De Lima’s office that demanded “Justice for Leonard Co, Release DOJ Resolution Now!”

Co’s wife, Glenda, and his parents had filed a murder complaint against members of the military who had reportedly fired on Co and his team of botanists while they were gathering plant specimens within the Lopez-owned Energy Development Corp. property in Kananga.

The military insisted its troops were shooting at New People’s Army  rebels, and Co and his team were caught in the crossfire.

The DOJ panel, led by Prosecutor George Yarte, completed its preliminary investigation in July 2011 and was supposed to issue a resolution in 60 days.

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  • jeffrey_01

    Command and responsibility.  The command was to shoot first and ask later.  Responsibility, none.  Its time to discipline the military or not giving enough training to the ranks.  

    Nothing from the top brass will take the responsibility.  If this happens again all command responsibility should be demoted one rank.  How’s that for an idea.

  • wakats

    Our justice system is suffering from delima injustice. The DOJ resolution was supposed to be issued in September 2011 but unduly thwarted due probably to the involvement of military brass very close to PNoy.

    Is this daang matuwid where transparency is the centerpiece of PNoy’s promised exemplary governance?  Or are we going back to the dark period of gma government?  

  • Fred

    Bakit ba Sec Laila na kailangan pang mag rally para atasan mo ang prosecutor na kumilos?
    High tech na tayo na dapat sa ipad o laptop mo ay may listahan ng mga pending cases
    na regularly tinitignan mo kung hindi umuusad, mabagal o mabilis man.
    Dapat bang ememorize yan?

  • wawa2172

    Considering DOJ performance, De Lima is performing miserably. De Lima is DOJ’s “Delimamaying”, she is all talk but less in real work. She had not won big cases for the government thus should be grounded. Here only passport in the current government is that she enjoys the support of Noy because she does what her master’s says.

  • Harry

    Intellectuals? We either export them or we kill them – accidentally.

  • Jon

    Hay DOJ.
    Basta walang kinalaman kay Gloria, parating huli sa pansitan.

  • EdgarEdgar

    This should come as no surprise. Leila the ugly yellow pig has deliberately forgotten the case of Leonard Co the botanist. In the larger scheme of things, a botanist collecting flora on the grounds of the Lopez oligarchs is a threat to the system. Leila the ugly yellow pig has received clear instructions from the palace not to investigate further and she is merely toeing the line with her snout. Fabricated crimes or not, going after Arroyo is no. 1 priority for DoJ and NBI. 

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