Cavite prosecutor won’t inhibit from case of Bae’s aide


Children play Saturday Jan. 5, 2013, at a neighborhood where a gunman later identified as Ronald Bae went on a shooting rampage on Friday, in Kawit, Cavite province. The drug-crazed Bae who killed eight people and wounded 12 others owned two powerful assault rifles and a handgun, an official of the Philippine National Police said on Sunday. AP PHOTO/BULLIT MARQUEZ

MANILA, Philippines—Cavite Provincial Prosecutor Emmanuel Velasco on Monday said he will not inhibit from the formal investigation of the man behind the shooting spree in Kawit, Cavite that left several people dead.

“I will not inhibit in this case. There is no conflict of interest,” Velasco told reporters Monday.

Reports earlier said that Ronald Bae, the gunman was a security aide of Velasco’s father, former National Bureau of Investigation Director and Cavite Governor Epimaco Velasco.

But the young Velasco denied this claim.

“He (Bae) was never an aide of my dad. It was his father Rodolfo who served as security aide of dad during his term as governor. His brother Rodel also became an aide, but not Ronald,” he explained.

Velasco assured that he will be objective in resolving the case involving John Paul Lopez, Bae’s caretaker who allegedly helped Bae in his shooting spree.

Lopez was brought to Velasco’s office in Imus for inquest proceedings on charges of multiple murder and frustrated murder.

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  • kimo211

    will  watch  you   Mr.  Velasco!

  • bryant85

    It’s perplexing or to say the most something fishy is up on the air to befoul the atmosphere with this  revelation that this Prosecutor Velasco still insist to conduct the preliminary investigation despite strong suspicion of whitewash.

    Even at a distance, it’s glaring to observe that indeed Velasco has an agenda on why he persist knowingly fully as a lawyer the tenet of beyond the cloud of doubt. His presence to investigate therefore has a dubious propriety.

    • adamson11

      Yes Kobe, and as many opined he is the only one saying there is no conflict of interest. The justice system in this country is really kaput because of lawyers in government and private alike who doesn’t have iota of delicadeza…

      • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

         i dont think its about ‘delicadeza.’

        I just don;t think one should be disqualified from performing one;s duty if the accused it THE SON OF YOUR FATHER’S DRIVER? dba?

        I mean, my dad had a driver / aide. I don’t think I will necessarily favor  his son should he becomes accused when I am a prosecutor? I do not know his son, let alone favor him in any way. Should I be disqualified from my task, especially when I do my job well.

  • garcia677

    Such horrible killings is another irony to lo and behold considering that the alleged shooter had been a bodyguard of an NBI Director. Had Velasco disciplined Bae then normally he became a law abiding citizen and not a drug crazed addict. But the fact is always the inverse of what must be because bodyguards are more often than not converted to become tough guys and killers.

    There ought to be a law to educate, discipline and train these bodyguards. The Bodyguard Movie of Kevin Kostner should be their paradigm

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