DOJ names 3 prosecutors to probe ex-NBI chief Gatdula

July 11, 2012 9:29 pm 

MANILA, July 11 – The Department of Justice has named the three prosecutors who will conduct the preliminary investigation against former NBI Director Magtanggol Gatdula.

This was in connection with the alleged frustrated killing of NBI Deputy Director Reynaldo Esmeralda on Feb. 21, 2012.

The NBI, the Philippines' premier investigating body, is an attached agency of the DOJ.

Under Office Order No. 473 dated June 29, 2012 and signed by Prosecutor General Claro Arellano, the prosecutors are Assistant State Prosecutors Gino Paolo Santiago and Rassendell Rex Gingoyon, as well as Prosecution Attorney Gerard Gaerlan.

The three were directed to determine if there exists probable cause against Gatdula and his alleged assassins for the crime of frustrated murder.

In a previous news conference at the NBI, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima identified the slay suspects, in NBI custody, as former policeman Perfecto Villanueva, CAFGU (Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit) member Teodoro Abendano, Ramoso Ramos, twin brothers Alvin and Aljun Monticlaros, Jose Maglalang, and Jose Manuel Geronimo.

Other suspects who will be placed under preliminary investigation are Gatdula, businessman Tyrone Ong, Ronnie Ong, Alfredo Compoc, Ricky Dacillo, and Gerry Farillo.

However, the camp of the former NBI chief is crying foul over the filing of criminal charges against Gatdula.

Gatdula's lawyer Abraham Espejo said the act of NBI in filing charges against Gatdula is a clear violation of the writ of amparo issued by the Manila Regional Trial Court against the DOJ. (PNA)

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