Balintang Channel case filed in court – DOJ

April 4, 2014 5:24 am 

MANILA, April 3 — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed in court criminal charges against eight members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) involved in the bloody Balintang Channel incident on May 9, 2013.

Prosecutor General Claro A. Arellano on Thursday confirmed that both the case for homicide and the case for obstruction of justice have been filed in court.

According to Arellano, the homicide case was filed before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Batanes while the case for obstruction of justice was filed before the Municipal Trial Court (MTC) of Cagayan.

Taiwanese fisherman, Hong Shi Cheng was killed after being hit by the bullets fired from the firearms of the personnel of the PCG who were onboard MCS-3001, a patrol boat of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), during the incident.

Charged for homicide are Commanding Officer Arnold Enriquez dela Cruz, Seaman 1st Class (SN1) Edrando Quiapo Aguila, SN1 Mhelvin Aguilar Bendo II, SN1 Andy Gibb Ronario Golfo, SN1 Sunny Galang Masangcag and SN1 Henry Baco Solomon, SN2 Nicky Renold Aurelio, and Petty Officer 2 Richard Fernandez Corpuz.

Charged for obstruction of justice are Dela Cruz and Bendo for their submission of a falsified Gunner Report. (PNA)

FPV/PTR

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