PNP asks Makati court to recall General Lim's "pass"

March 5, 2010 11:14 pm 

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is asking a Makati City court to recall its order granting temporary pass to detained senatorial candidate Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim.

The PNP, in a manifestation with urgent motion filed before the Regional Trial Court Branch 150 of Makati City, asked the court to recall an order granting temporary pass to accused Lim to attend speaking engagements on March 4, 2010 in Quezon City and in Cagayan de Oro City on March 8 and 9, 2010.

Chief Supt. Rommel Heredia, director of the PNP Headquarters Support Service (HSS), said the motion for the recall of an order issued by RTC Branch 150 of Makati City was due inadequacy in the number of security escorts for possible deployment on the intended activities of Lim and the insufficiency of time to provide appropriate security preparations thereto.

Heredia also cited these reasons as basis for the Court to review its order for the travel of the accused for a speaking engagement in Cagayan de Oro City on March 8 and 9, 2010.

The PNP Legal Service also cited Section 4 (Hearing of Motion) of the Revised Rules of Court, which provides that "every written motion required to be heard and the notice of hearing thereof shall be served in such a manner as to ensure its receipt by the other party at least three days before the date of hearing."

Heredia said they only learned of Lim's motion to be granted a temporary pass when a copy of the Court Order was officially received by HSS at 3:40 p.m. on March 3, 2010, barely a day before the scheduled speaking engagement of Lim in a forum in UP Diliman.

In a three-page manifestation, Supt Cesar Magsino, chief of the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, said "without being unmindful nor defiant to the order of the court, this Center most respectfully presents its position to the effect that it cannot readily comply to the urgency of the directive from the Court to provide such number of security escorts to Lim due to the fact that the PNP Custodial Center does not have sufficient number of security escorts at this immediate moment since other security escorts have been deployed for other Court hearings and purposes."

Magsino said the PNP Custodial Center was not given sufficient period of time to install appropriate security preparations to ensure the safety of Lim during his travel and back to the Custodial Center. (PNA) RMA/MM

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