3 of 'Morong 43' won't be home before New Year

December 30, 2010 11:23 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 30 – Despite the order of President Benigno S. Aquino III for their immediate release, the three remaining members of the so-called "Morong 43" will not be released from detention before new year.

The 43 health workers were arrested by the military on Feb. 6, 2010 in Morong, Rizal on suspicion that they are members of the New People's Army (NPA).

They were later charged with illegal possession of firearms, explosives and violation of the election gun ban.

The three remaining "Morong 43" remained detained at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), in Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig City.

Lawyer Julius Matibag, one of the legal counsels of Morong 43, on Thursday said that there was a need to properly verify the alleged charges filed against Mario delos Santos, Edwin Bustamante and Rogelio Villarisi.

Matibag said that they could work on the cases after the New Year in the sense that the cases were filed in the provinces of Batangas and Occidental Mindoro.

It was earlier reported that the three detained remaining Morong 43 have outstanding warrants of arrest for alleged rape, murder and frustrated murder charges.

Meantime, Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila De Lima said that the DOJ will not post any opposition for the release of the three health workers.

However, De Lima said, the three health workers only need to prove that there were no other charges filed against them. (PNA) RMA/PTR

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