Gatdula fails to attend DOJ probe

September 28, 2012 10:21 pm 

MANILA, Sept. 28 — Former National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Magtanggol Gatdula failed to appear before the preliminary investigation of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Friday in connection with the kidnapping and serious illegal detention cases filed against him.

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

Because of this, Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera decided not to accept anymore the supplemental counter-affidavit that Gatdula may later submit.

Navera clarified that actually, there was no such thing as a supplemental counter-affidavit, but rather, it's only a counter-affidavit.

He said that they only allowed an accused, Virgelito Gutierrez, alias "Labsky," to submit a supplemental counter-affidavit because he was punctual in attending the hearing.

The preliminary investigation was earlier scheduled at 10 a.m. Friday but was reset to 12 p.m. to accommodate Gatdula's request to the panel of prosecutors that there should be no television camera during the hearing.

According to Atty. Allen Boy, legal counsel of Gatdula, his client was not able to appear in Friday's hearing because of lack of sufficient time to go to the DOJ.

The preliminary investigation of the DOJ has been ongoing for the past six months because of the 11 motions of the seven accused, who were all dismissed by the panel of prosecutors.

The next hearing will be on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012 wherein complainant Noriyo Ohara is expected to submit her reply-affidavit.

Ohara submitted her complaint-affidavit in December 2011 alleging that the accused demanded P15 million from her but was later decreased it to P6 million after they abducted her in Bugallon, Pangasinan on Oct. 29, 2011. (PNA)

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