No interference in Batocabe case by DOJ usec — Guevarra
MANILA, Philippines—Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra defended his undersecretary who has been accused by the camp of Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo of interfering on his case.
Baldo is accused of masterminding the murder of Ako Bicol party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe.
Baldo’s camp alleged that Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete, who is related to incumbent Daraga Vice Mayor Victor Perete manipulated Baldo’s case.
“Mayor Baldo’s insinuation of interference by DOJ Usec Markk Perete in the investigation of the mayor’s cases is totally unfounded,” said Guevarra in a text message.
Guevarra said Perete has no involvement in the operations of the prosecution service, which is under the supervision of another undersecretary.
“His being a relative of Daraga Vice Mayor Perete is purely accidental. He has never talked about Mayor Baldo’s cases with anyone, much less with the investigating panel. Usec Perete is one of the most honest and respected officials of the DOJ,” said Guevarra. /muf
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