The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group will definitely file a motion for reconsideration before the Department of Justice on the dismissal of the charges against former Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña and his co-accused.
This was disclosed yesterday by Jay Borromeo, who represents the PNP Legal Service, and is counsel of the CIDG in its case before Bacolod Regional Trial Court Branch 42 Judge Fernando Elumba, involving the guns seized from the ancestral house of Peña in Barangay Ubay, Pulupandan town, on May 2.
Borromeo said the CIDG lawyer in the case before the DOJ is Lejoe Campos.
The DOJ dismissed charges for illegal possession of firearms, ammunition and explosives, and for harboring a criminal, against Peña and his co-accused.
This was in connection with the May 2 raid on his ancestral house in Barangay Ubay.
The DOJ also ordered that an investigation be conducted on all police officers involved in the implementation of the search warrant for the allegation of planting of explosives in the searched premises, and for unnecessary expense incurred by the Philippine government in the conduct of the raid.
In a joint resolution signed on November 11 by Assistant State Prosecutor Mary Jane Sytat, who is also acting provincial prosecutor of Negros Occidental, the DOJ also dismissed the charges against 10 others for obstruction of apprehension.*CPG