Police sue Cavite prosecutor for freeing illegal gun suspects

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The Philippine National Police on Thursday filed a complaint at the Office of the Ombudsman against a prosecutor in Trece Martirez City, Cavite, for the release of five suspects in an illegal firearms case who had engaged policemen in a gunfight.

The complaint was filed against prosecutor Crisostomo Dario Jr. by the PNP Regional Safety Battalion 4-A based in Los Baños, Laguna. Dario had ordered the release of suspects Raymund Equillos, Allan Limbo, Jem Bennision Baldeo, Eurie Tulabot and Jojo Sibug.

The five were arrested during a search by police on April 6 in Equillos’ house in Trece Martirez that yielded several high-powered guns.

The complaint, signed by Insp. Stefanio Andrenicus Rabino, said gunfire ensued between police and the men of Equillos that led to the wounding of PO2 Ivan Mark Cuartero and suspect Dennis Castillo.

Police seized from Sibug a .45-cal. pistol and seized from Baldeo a 9mm pistol. Two men apparently serving as guards at Equillos’ house were also arrested for illegal firearms possession.

From the house of Equillos, police seized a shotgun and another 9mm pistol.

Police filed charges of illegal possession of firearms against the suspects and brought them to Dario’s office for inquest proceedings. Police presented the confiscated weapons and documents as evidence.

After the inquest proceedings, however, Dario ordered the release of all the suspects, saying “there exists no probable cause on the basis of evidence presented.”

The complaint said Dario ignored the overwhelming evidence presented by police. It said the policemen who enforced the search warrant and went to Equillos’ house had put their lives on the line.

The complaint said it found puzzling Dario’s decision to release the suspects yet he set a hearing for preliminary investigation on April 22. Police called for Dario’s suspension.

It said the suspects should have been detained because they are facing nonbailable offenses.

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  • Akoaykanoy

    kumita na naman si calfis for letting the suspect (RP) release probationary for further investigation tsk tsk tsk!!!!!

  • david

    magkano kaya nakubra ni dario?

  • pedro Bato

    Grabe katakawan sa kwarta nitong FIXCAL na to !! Ibinenta na kay satanas ang kanyang kaluluwa !!

  • $14334231

    baka naman “cash”-sabwat itong si dario….kung sakaling may pagkakataon, baka pwedeng matakpan na lang ng diyaryo sa tabing daan o anumang sulok itong si dario…..

  • Pio Pusli

    either nangopya sa bar exam, gradwet ng harvard school of law sa pampanga or kakosa ang mga nakulong? in simple words, hoodlum na fixcal.

  • bayankopdi

    dapat binaril na yung prosecutor baka yung prosecutor ang boss nila…

  • randyaltarejos

    That’s the problem with some of our fixcals in the country. And this is the reason why many criminals do not stop doing bad things in their turfs. They knew that NINONG will set them free even if they kill somebody. Perhaps, DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima must have read this already. The next thing you’ll know from the media is Dario’s suspension. The worst that Dario could get is negligence and gross ignorance of the law. Prosecutor Dario could have thought that the police only fabricated the evidences presented to him. Next time the PNP operatives go on operation like this, someone must take the video footages of the raid as evidence in court.

    • Benigno the Turd

      sure. believe the cops. like Marantan in the Atimonan shootout who tampered with the crime scene. uto-uto.

      • $44479964

        Hina lahat ng pulis kagaya ni Marantan.

      • Benigno the Turd

        Hindi nga. But are you sure na Hindi sila kalahi?

  • Benigno the Turd

    dont be too quick to believe the cops, specially in Cavite. Remember thevAtimonan shootout? there is a deeper story than this. no mention of search warrant, which justifies searçh of house. no mention of initial offense that caused the search. obviously, bara-bara hulidap.

  • AllinLawisFair

    At the very least, the suspects were not gunned down nor summarily executed despite the gunfight. This fact has given the police a sort of credibility.

    The burden to prove his innocence now lies on the prosecutor as to why, despite the presentation of “overwhelming evidence,” still released the suspects even without bail, yet he set a hearing for preliminary investigation.

    Really funny but not laughable.

  • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

    this prosecutor should be shot by the police point blank. then there is also no probable cause to charge the police eh?

    what is good for the gander is also good for the goose!

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