Latest Stories

DOJ takes over cops’ complaint vs Manila vice mayor

‘Volatile’ case too hot to handle for Manila prosecutors

By ,

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Too hot to handle.

The illegal gambling case filed against Manila Vice Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso will be turned over to a state prosecutor from the Department of Justice (DOJ) after the Manila City Prosecutor’s Office decided to inhibit itself due to “the volatility of the controversies involved.”

“Upon recommendation of City Prosecutor Edward Togonon and concurred in by Prosecutor General Claro Arellano, I have directed the transfer of the Isko Moreno cases and other related cases, if any, from the Manila City Prosecutor’s office to the main office to be handled henceforth by a state prosecutor,” Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said in a text message to reporters Tuesday.

“We want our local prosecutors to be shielded from extreme pressures and partisan influences,” she added.

Domagoso was arrested along with four Manila councilors and a former councilor over a bingo game they sponsored on Tambunting Street in Sta. Cruz, Manila, last Saturday. They were ordered released for further investigation several hours after their arrest after the city prosecutor said there was not enough evidence against them.

The incident, however, led to a word war between Domagoso and Mayor Alfredo Lim after the former accused his former political ally of political harassment. Lim, in return, denied Domagoso’s allegation and claimed he was resorting to dramatics to court publicity.

Domagoso, meanwhile, went to the National Police Commission office in Makati City on Tuesday to file administrative and criminal complaints against the policemen who arrested them.

He was accompanied by Councilors Joel Chua, Ernesto “Jong” Isip Jr., Ma. Asuncion “Re” Fugoso, John Marvin “Yul Servo” Nieto and former Councilor Manual “Letlet” Zarcal—the persons who were arrested along with him on Saturday.

The group charged Blumentritt police precinct commander Chief Insp. Ed Morata and 30 John Does with grave misconduct and grave abuse of authority and said they would file another complaint against the same set of policemen in the Office of the Ombudsman later in the day.

In a phone interview, Chua said the second complaint would be for robbery, unlawful arrest, arbitrary detention, perjury under oath, incrimination of innocent persons and grave coercion.

Moreno is the running mate of former president Joseph Estrada, who is running for mayor of Manila under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). The two are running against Lim and councilor Lou Veloso of the Liberal Party.—With Cathy Yamsuan, Jaymee T. Gamil and Erika Sauler, PDI; and Tetch Torres, INQUIRER.net

Originally posted at 04:30 pm | Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: 2013 elections , Alfredo Lim , Elections , Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso , illegal gambling , Isko Moreno , Manila , Manila politics , Metro , News , Philippines - Metro , Politics

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
  1. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  2. Save the queen? Aide takes fall for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  3. Palace prepared to charge its allies
  4. Senator’s kickback from pork bigger than those of Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – Lacson
  5. Napoles turnaround alarms whistle-blowers
  6. What Went Before: Malacañang allies alleged involvement in pork scam
  7. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  8. Timeline: Napoles tell-all
  9. HK apology: Why Estrada and not Aquino?
  10. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  1. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  2. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  3. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  4. Estrada: Gigi Reyes won’t testify vs JPE
  5. Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  6. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  7. Cedric Lee’s cohort flies out of PH despite look-out order – De Lima
  8. Suspect in Vhong Navarro’s mauling wants to turn state witness – De Lima
  9. Reckless driver endangered lives of Aquino, entourage–report
  10. Lawyer: Napoles ‘will tell all’
  1. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  2. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  3. Napoles spills beans on Enrile, Estrada, Revilla – De Lima
  4. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  5. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  6. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  7. 12 senators on Napoles ‘pork’ list, says Lacson
  8. Gigi Reyes pins blame on aide
  9. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  10. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano


  • Smooth Edsa ride up in 2 years, but…
  • Obama: US will defend Japan vs China
  • Santiago accuses Lacson of fronting for Enrile, Gigi Reyes
  • Name names, Lacson told
  • Ukraine FM: We are ready to fight Russia
  • Sports

  • Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals
  • Galedo caps ride of redemption
  • Beermen, Express dispute second semis slot today
  • Lady Agilas upset Lady Bulldogs in four sets
  • NLEX roars to 7th D-League win
  • Lifestyle

  • Marinduque: Visiting the ‘palm of the ocean’
  • First at Vatican in 60 years
  • How Jing Monis Salon gave Krissy the pixie
  • Want to be a supermodel? Work on your inner beauty, says Joey Espino
  • Denims that keep you cool–literally
  • Entertainment

  • Kristoffer Martin: from thug to gay teen
  • Has Ai Ai fallen deeply with ‘sireno?’
  • California court won’t review Jackson doctor case
  • Cris Villonco on play adapted from different medium
  • OMB exec’s assurance: We work 24/7
  • Business

  • Nielsen sees car buying boom in the Philippines
  • How author of best-seller exposed ‘one percent’ economic elite
  • Bangko Sentral readies new bank lending rules
  • Gaming stocks gain, PSEi eases on profit-taking
  • Cebu Pacific flew 3.74M passengers as of March
  • Technology

  • Vatican announces hashtag for April 27 canonizations
  • Enrile in Masters of the Universe, Lord of the Rings?
  • Top Traits of Digital Marketers
  • No truth to viral no-visa ‘chronicles’
  • ‘Unlimited’ Internet promos not really limitless; lawmakers call for probe
  • Opinion

  • Editorial Cartoon, April 25, 2014
  • No deal, Janet
  • Like making Al Capone a witness vs his gang
  • MERS-CoV and mothers
  • A graduation story
  • Global Nation

  • HK victims to get P115M; traders raised money
  • Afghan hospital guard kills 3 American doctors
  • Career diplomat is new PH consul general in Los Angeles
  • US4GG: Aquino should ask Obama for TPS approval, drone technology
  • Complex health care system for California’s elderly and poor explained
  • Marketplace