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DOJ takes over cops’ complaint vs Manila vice mayor

‘Volatile’ case too hot to handle for Manila prosecutors

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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


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  • Guest

    I personally don’t believe Mayor Lim ordered Isko Moreno’s arrest in this particular incident. But Mayor Lim has a history of being high-handed and a reputation for taking the law into his own hands. True or not, it will be hard for Mayor Lim to dissociate himself as the brains behind the arrest of Moreno et al. It also doesn’t help that our culture has a way of being forgiving and being sympathetic to underdogs. Especially when the underdog is felled by overkill or excessive use of force. Lest this whole episode be misconstrued as a lopsided match between David and Goliath, Mayor Lim should act with more restraint and temper the heaviness of his hands. Better yet, let DOJ handle the case. Let’s just hope DOJ does not screw this up and show its bias.

    • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      heavy handed approach yes. In fact I remember there was a time he tried to shame known (not convicted) drug pushers by painting signs of their residences. Problem was, even the innocents who were now living in the houses vacated by previous drug pushers were affected.

      Dibale nang masaktan ang konting innocente, basta ma kuha ang salarin.

      Having no evidence to point out that it was Mayor Lim behind the harassment, I cannot say anything, and so I wont. It is just funny that police officers will willfully come to a peaceful event such as a bingo and threaten with arrest, then following it through.

      • ARIKUTIK

        The Ego of Lim killed hostages in Luneta. But he was not charge of incompetence. KKK is always right in Abnoy’s law.

    • ARIKUTIK

      Intelligently, I believe Mayor Lim ORDERED the arrest and jailing of political opponents. The KKK’s are now inficted with a desease so called Noynoying. Nagbago na ang Pilipinas, naging bansang Abnoy kasi kulong ang mag binggo.  

  • Sugbuanon86

    DI BA SABI KO NA SA INYO.

    ATAT NA ATAT ITONG SIRA ULONG NOYNOY NA MAKULONG LAHAT NG MGA KALABAN NIYA SA PULITIKA.

    BAKIT PNOY, TAKOT KA BANG MATALO ANG MGA CRONY MO SA LIBERAL?

    AT DAHIL PINAKAWALAN NG MANILA FISCAL SINA MORENO, GALIT NA GALIT ANG SIRA ULONG PRESIDENTE, AT IPINADALA PA NIYA ANG KANYANG LAPDOG NA BAB0Y NA SI DELIMA.

    P0TANG INA MO PNOY!

    SIGE, KAYO NA NG LIBERAL ANG MANALO NGAYONG ELEKSYON.

    GAWIN MO LAHAT NG MGA KAHAYUPAN, PARA LANG MANALO!

    MA KARMA KA RIN, GAG0NG ANAK NI CORY

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/FQQPZLNOMD2EBFTHSWOP6QGZWY Marshall

      ANAK KA NG DIMONYO DAHIL NAGKANTUTAN ANG NANAY MO AT LOLO MO IKAW ANG LUMABAS KAYA GANYAN ANG UGALI MO..DAMI MO PANG USERNAME PARA DAMING LIKES NG POSTINGS MO ..UGALING DIMONYO TALAGA..DI BALE KUMIKITA KA NAMAN..KAY MALIGNONG DIMONYO NA TATAY MO AT LOLO MO…

      • ARIKUTIK

        CAPSLOCK DONK. Yong issue ng Binggo ay tingnan mo. Huwag magalit kung may magaling na blogger. Si Lim ng Penoy KKK ay nanghuli ng Binggo players. Lahat ng Feista celebration ay may binggo parlor game, WALANG HULI. Pero pag kalaban sa politika ay ikukulong. Ang Pilipinas ay nagbago na ! naging Bansang ABNOY.

    • Ravens727

      PADRE, EASY KA LANG………KUNG  I-COMPARE MO NONG NAKARAANG ADMINISTRATION SA NGAYON, MERON BANG PAGBABAGO O WALA…….? KUNG WALA KANG NAKIKITANG PAGBABAGO AY MERON KANG KARAPATAN NA MAGSALITA NG GANYAN……..AT KUNG MERON NAMANG KONTING PAGBABAGO KAHIT NA MABAGAL AY TALAGANG GANYAN………

      • ARIKUTIK

        Nagbago na ang Pilipinas. Naging Bansang ABNOY !

  • disqusted0fu

    DOJ handling a case is as good as throwing the case out the window. DOJ, under Sec. De Lima has been unproductive. Cases are either hardly solved or are often biased. The only use of the DOJ in the Aquino administration is to persecute their political foes and protect their allies.

  • disqusted0fu

    DOJ handling a case is as good as throwing the case out the window. DOJ, under Sec. De Lima has been unproductive. Cases are either hardly solved or are often biased. The only use of the DOJ in the Aquino administration is to persecute their political foes and protect their allies.

  • boybakal

    I think DOJ prosecutors are either sleeping or doing sex….laging talo sa kaso.

  • Ravens727

    ang mga politicians na ito panay iyakin…….yan ang masama sa atin, kung sila ang gumawa ng mga illegal puede, pero kung yong mga mahihirap ay derecho na sa kulungan…………you have to be a politician to get the title of …..”UNTOUCHABLES”………NAKAKAHIYA……..

  • ARIKUTIK

    Enter the Abnoy KKK. Magiging Noynoying ang kaso ….. yeheyyyy…… Reveal the empty brain of KKK head.



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