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.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LHTWUXKL5GQ66NGG73Z6EIMYZI june

        agree, it was lim’s order to arrest and mandhandling (with the threat of salvaging) of the hostage-taker’s brother that precipitated the shooting rampage causing the death of 8 hong kong tourist.  just observe how lim tried to ingratiate himself with pnoy -as gratitude to the whitewashing of the de lima irrc report- by erecting monuments in honor of pnoy’s parent , i.e. cory and ninoy.  as so called dirty harry, you really made the city of manila the “dirtiest” city in the ncr

    • 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.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/VKVBX3DJUGG7IKK5E4TRJTGJLM Ivanhoe

         May mga permit ang mga iyon bro , while ang ginawa nila Isko ay wala .

    • 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 !

    • ARIKUTIK

      Papano kaya nakaroon ng 13 likes ang puno ng Bad words na post. SugbuGok, mag mura ka paaaaaaaa ….. na parang pwesidente….

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VKVBX3DJUGG7IKK5E4TRJTGJLM Ivanhoe

       Papaano nasali si Noynoy at Cory dito ? This is a local police operation , naintidihan mo ba ? Ang karma ay dalawang bagay Good Karma and bad Karma . Kung ang pulis ay dumakip nang mga taong gumawa ng illegal , ma bad karma ba sila ? Magisipisip ka naman dong

    • http://twitter.com/johnbsamson JB Samson

      Ilang taon ka? 7? Tingnan mo muna kung ano yung issue bago ka magsasatsat, mga katulad mo mahilig bumoto ng mga sikat at lamang sa survey, hindi man lang tinitingnan kung ano pinagaralan o kung anong credentials ng mga binoboto nila. I’m sure kabobohan lang isasagot mo dito kasi yung mga tulad mo puro ad hominem lang kung sumagot sa argumento. Gusto mo ba inaabutan ka na lang ng pagkain ng gobyerno at binibigyan ka ng trabaho habang nagpapalaki ka ng itlog mo? Lipat ka na lang sa ibang bansa, hindi ka kailangan ng bansa na ito. Puwede din naman magbigti ka na lang sinasayang mo lang oxygen wala ka namang naitutulong. 

    • tyrelhro

      Wala man lang matinong diskusyon galing sa mga sinabi mo. Sabagay yan ang saluobin. Wala nga lang laman. 

  • 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.

  • $14334231

    tiyak na may mamatay na taga liberal o UNA bago matapos ang eleksyon sa maynila…ang mga kandidato, parehong gustong manalo, by hook or by crook….how i miss the late lacson….arsenio, that is….

  • Rovingmoron

    I think it’s okay to give them a chance to defend themselves in the court of law. Vice mayor Ishko Moreno should read R.A. 9287 so that he could the idea if he and his group are covered by such a law? Common, you’re courting public sympathy.

  • speaksoftlylove

    Wala pang balita yong Atimonan massacre kung kailan ilabas ni Ochoa heto na naman, pati bingo pinatulan ng administrasyon samantalang ang daming kasong prioredad.

    Oissst obstruction of traffic lang yan kung meron mang kaso. Ang siste hindi krimen ang obstruction of traffic kundi violation of an ordinance. Mga inutile talaga.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LHTWUXKL5GQ66NGG73Z6EIMYZI june

      like the irrc report on the luneta hostage crisis, the bright boys in malacanang are now in full throttle whitewashing the nbi investigation report

    • ARIKUTIK

      Na news black out na ang Atimonan massacre pero mananatili sa isipan ng taong bayan na pinilit pagtakpan ng Malacanang ang Presidential AOCC. Nagkataon lang na may resibong ebedensiya na ang nasabing massacre ay Funded ng Presidential AOCC. Nasakote sila ng resibo, mga inutile na Firespit Donk ! Whei ! 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VKVBX3DJUGG7IKK5E4TRJTGJLM Ivanhoe

       Crime is a crime and that has no boundaries .Ano mangyari sa bayan kung ganyan ang mentality ng police natin na dahil meron pang ibang kaso hahayaan na lang na guamwa ng illegal ang iba ?at Elected official pa ng gobyerno . Isko Moreno and his group does not represent any legal identity to claim that they have authority to conduct a bingo without permits . They can never be above the Law kahit ano pang pagyayabang ni Isko .
      Manila should be spared from gamblers .Hindi pa naman nakakaupo sa pwesto , ginawa ng casino ang Manila . Magisip- isip kayo

  • themask celestial

    Blumentritt district is a reflection of Manila-Lawlesness. Just observe the vendors occupying the streets outside the legally blumenttrit market. The illegal occupation of sidewalks of those selling vehicle spare part and repair. They even dump diesel and gasoline oil in the sidewalk-violating environmental law and those solvent sniffing children sleeping near the railroad tracks, plus the squatters all the way to Tayuman. This is just a simple bingo and yet, get the attention of the station commander. This area is also popular for crimes such as holdup and you will not see any policemen manning the area except when they want to collect kotong to the viajeros. Isko is wrong in sponsoring pabingo, but just wondering why it get the attention of the station commander when they are all sleeping in the pancitan. Why the urge to implement a law all of a sudden?

    • tyrelhro

      The implementation of the law doesn’t make it wrong however selective it may have been.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/U3IDH7TXSM7JWAWRU3S2ZDHHTI n

    Naglolokohan lang tayo dito sa Pilipinas. From personal experience and observation, our police never act on something that they deem controversial without an order from someone high up in their chain of command. They acted on their own in the arrest of Isko Moreno? Sinong niloloko nyo! Or nang taong nagsasabing hindi niya inutusan ang mga pulis! Come on. In contrast, when the PALEA went on strike last year and blocked the entrance to the catering building of PAL, the police, despite a court order declaring the strike illegal and the presence of a court sheriff, did not attempt to enforce the order and prevent the illegal strikers from preventing PAL carry out its operations, because the commander of the police detachment said there are no orders from his higher up!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VKVBX3DJUGG7IKK5E4TRJTGJLM Ivanhoe

       It is the duty of every policeman to respond to a complaint from any citizen , it is not their duty to respond only upon the direction of higher officials . You can try it if you want , you call the police now and try to complain and I am sure they will respond on it .

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HPGUIIJ44DMCSONOPI4JAEMUZM lex

    free media mileage, appealing to public sentiment lumang tugtugin na yan! mag-artista na lang kayo, doon kayo magpanggap! huwag na gawing showbiz ang ang politica! pwe

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