DOJ orders withdrawal of electoral sabotage case vs. Martirizar

April 28, 2012 1:03 am 

MANILA, April 27 – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has formally filed before the Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 112 a motion for the withdrawal of the electoral sabotage case against former election supervisor Atty. Yogie Martirizar.

This was through a four-page motion filed before the Pasay City RTC Branch 112 dated April 25, 2012 and signed by Assistant State Prosecutor Mari Elvira Herrera, Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Orlando Mariano and Prosecution Attorney Mark Roland Estepa.

In the motion, the DOJ also asked the court to utilize t Martirizar as a state witness against former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Benjamin Abalos, Sr.

The DOJ said that the testimony of Martirizar was significant because she was the only one who could directly point to Abalos as the one who was involved and ordered to manipulate the results of the election in Region 12 to secure the victory of the senatorial candidates of the "Team Unity" during the 2007 senatorial elections.

Based on her own affidavit dated Sept. 6, 2011, the DOJ said, it appears that Martirizar was not the "most guilty" in the electoral sabotage case.

The DOJ further argued that because Martirizar has already been covered under the government's Witness Protection Program (WPP), it is but fitting and proper that her name be excluded from the list of the accused such that Section 12 of Republic Act 6981 provides that a witness similarly situated as Martirizar enjoys immunity from criminal prosecution. (PNA)

RMA/PTR

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