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5 cops in Failon case appeal to court

Dismiss arbitrary detention raps filed by anchor, judge urged

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Five policemen who took part in the arrest of broadcaster Ted Failon’s sister-in-law and four house helpers in 2009 have asked a Quezon City court to drop the arbitrary detention charges filed against them for lack of probable cause.

The five-page pleading was filed last week by Senior Supt. Franklin Moises Mabanag, Supt. Gerardo Ratuita, Chief Inspectors Cherrylou Donato and Enrico Figueroa and Insp. Roberto Razon.

At the time they made the arrests, the policemen were assigned at the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) of the Quezon City Police District.

Mabanag was the CIDU chief while Ratuita was his deputy.

Failon’s filing of the charges—five counts each of arbitrary detention and five counts each of violating the suspects’ rights under the Miranda Doctrine—came after the policemen arrested his sister-in-law Pamela Arteche-Trinchera and house helpers Pacifico Apacible, Carlota Morbos, Wilfredo Bolicer and Glen Polan.

Earlier, the police accused Trinchera and company of obstruction of justice in connection with the suicide of Failon’s wife, Trinidad Etong, on April 15, 2009.

According to the police, Failon failed to report that his wife had shot herself in the head in their house in Quezon City. On the other hand, Trinchera and the house helpers were accused of cleaning up the bathroom where the body of Failon’s wife was found.

In their motion for judicial determination of probable cause, the five police officials said that they did not commit arbitrary detention nor did they fail to inform the suspects of their rights under the Miranda Doctrine.

They also argued that Trinchera and company were inquested following their arrest and were even assisted by more than five lawyers.

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Tags: death , Laws , Police , Suicide , Ted Failon

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W7KWUC4QI6BBJICY2Z4GHKOWFI rafi

    Why ask the maids to clean up the bathroom where the wife allegedly shot herself? Too many questions still hanging…

    • Anonymous

      I have plenty of questions, which idiot peryodistas should be asking themselves because they can do deep political analysis …. HAR! HAR! HAR!

       idiot peryodistas should be asking the following including the FBI – Filipino Bureau of Idiotizings

      1.  Maids would never clean up crime scene without being tolding !  HAR! HAR! HAR!  GALING ENGLSICHTZES KUH !!!!

    • Anonymous

      2.  In earlier reports fresh from the killing, the crime scene was wiped clean of brain tissues and blood and gun put back where it was founded .  HAR! HAR! HAR!  either the maids were trained in Langley as biohazard specialists in spook-speak as “cleaners”
      3.  Why the maids were detained instead of the person who tolding them to clean ups!  HAR! HAR! HAR!  Galing englsichtzes kuh !  HAR! HAR! HAR!
      4.  Timeline people!  Timeline!  check the timeline !  HAR! HAR! HAR! HAR!


      hey, yo peryodistas where is the pagarparings like the pagarparings against Gloria?

      • Anonymous

        agree ako jan

  • Anonymous

    Where was the wife shotted?  in the bedroom ?  In the bathroom ? Did anyone check for powdered burnts ! GALING ENGLSICHTZES KUH !

    Why  peryodistas can ask questions about ZTE, choppers, Lotto winnings, PcSO and not askingese questions on their repsonsibility on chinese bus massacre and Failon ?


  • Anonymous

    Hey, yo! Peryodistas, try your political analysis on this crime !  HAR! HAR! HAR!  You do not want to?  Why?  Why, o, Why?  Protecting your companyeros and OTHERS are just fair game?  HAR! HAR! HAR! HAR!

  • Anonymous

    these PNP members led by mr mabanag allowed themselves to be used by politicians, therefore they are corrupt; so they should be punished according to their abuses and send to jail, and dismiss from service, so
    a lesson would be learned by the PNPs that they should follow the demands of the laws and not from politicians; if found guilty, all should be sent to jail!

    • http://twitter.com/whipnsaddle Bastonero

      Kasi yang mga opisyal na iyan mga dating sundalo walang alam  pagdating sa Police Matter, dapat kasi di mag-merge ang PC at INP nasira tuloy ang image ng Police Force……sira na nga lalo pang lulala…..

  • Anonymous

    The Failon relatives should be the one charged of obstruction of justice.The police were just obeying and following order.
    Enough of this Miranda doctrine. The police were not detaining the relatives of failon, they were invited for what they know of what had happened.

    Besides, the relatives were hysterical, shouting and yelling for them to hear the miranda doctrine of being informed why they were invited for questioning.
    Just go to the video….and it will answer the question to absolve the police.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WJX5I5FJL52QCZDUKDNWOTIZHQ Lateralus

       yun o, mas magaling pa sa korte, video lang pala ang basehan, LOL!

    • http://twitter.com/whipnsaddle Bastonero

      Brod ikaw na mismo ang nagsabi na iniimbitahan lang ng mga pulis ang mga relative ni Ted Failon, kung iniimbitahan lang pwedeng tumanggi ang mga iyon pro kung makikita mo sa video sapilitan at pwersahang kinukuha ng mga pulis ang mga relative ni Ted Failon, kaya ikaw ang sumagot ng tanong, bobo……

  • Anonymous

    Let us accept it,, PNP is never been good in conducting arrest nor professional for that matter..They always have the mentality that they are the law and they can do anything they want to do when they are on duty. The only way they will conduct themselves professionally when they are on a mission to serve an arrest warrant is, they must have their own camera man to record every details of the mission, with a media man to serve as neutral party..One more thing, I believe police is better if they are under the supervision of the local executive.. Let us dismantle PNP and back to the old system of police structure..Yes, there must be a police academy where they can be trained to be policemen. Nationalizing police does not and is not working, they are just getting arrogant and corrupt and worst become coddle rs of criminals if not criminals themselves.

  • Jennel Amargo

    mga polis sa ating bansa, 10/100…cguro 1% ra ang matino at can be trusted..the higher the rank, the corrupt they should be….mabuti mayron tayong mga tagahipos sa mga ganung klasing polis para malinisan na ating bansa sa mga corrupt at abusadong otoridad ng gobierno, isama natin yung nasa custom’s at immigration corrupt officers….sana mayrong NPA operation for cleansing sa mga ganitong tao!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K2RI3LJVGNNED3XPMG7HVMIIO4 Herbert

       Baka 0% kamo…

  • Anonymous

    Pinagkakaabalahan lang tong kaso na to dahil kilala si Failon sa lipunan….kung kaso yan ng ordinaryong pilipino, walang makikialam dyan kahit pulutin ka sa sa estero. Napaqkadaming pang aapi dinadanas ng mga mahihirap sa kamay na bakal ng mga autoridad, dapat patas at walang kinikilingan ang batas.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VDMUJ6NKKCLWRMVMJRLJFI633I Rene V

    a crime case is always procedural. so PROCEDURE, PROCEDURE. society is governed by laws and not of persons. the cops who made the arrests were inferior persons because they did not use their brains, training as well as their education. actually they allowed themselves to be used…

  • antonioluna

    galit kasi ang mga pulis kay failon kaya naging bara bara ang diskarte nila, natakpan tuloy ang mas malaking isyu “bakit nila nilinis ang crime scene?”. ang babaw ng alibi dito ni failon na kesyo ayaw nyang makita ng anak nya ang ganoong scenario.

  • Anonymous

    yan ang napapala nyo mga mayayabang..hindi kayo ang batas..tagapatupad lang kayo ng batas.hindi porke mga opisyal kayo matatakot nyo n ang tao…ang pagpapatupad s batas ay may proseso mga gunggong….

  • Anonymous

    weder-weder lang yan.mayayabang kasi kayo mga putek kayo, yung mga babae at driver na walang laban kung bit-bitin nyo parang asong gala lang na nahuli sa kalsada, matapang kayo sa alam nyo hindi lalaban, pero dun sa carnaper/holdaper na alam nyo handa pumatay urong ang mga yagbols nyo, buti nga sa inyo sana makulong kayo

  • Anonymous

    Who told the maid to clean-up the crime scene?
    If you were the maid would you?
    Last time I read it was Failon who told the maids to clean up.  Why is Failon not one of them arrested?
    Why are the “intelligent” peryodistas not pagarparings which they usually do ?  WHY?  Because it involves one of them?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AWGZY3FRXJBAWBZGRFDYD2RTPQ fred fredito alfred

    sino kaya ang nagsasabi ng totoo. failon o ang mga pulis????????????

    • Anonymous

      and why are the peryodistas so silent ?  When they usually “analyze” and publish tsismis?  

      Who are these peryodistas why do they think they are above everyone else ?

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