Manila RTC stops DOJ probe on dismissed NBI Director

January 27, 2012 10:54 pm 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo, Jr.

MANILA, Jan. 27 – The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Friday issued a 72-hour temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping the Office of the President (OP) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) from proceeding with the investigation on the alleged involvement of dismissed National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Magtanggol Gatdula on the abduction and extortion of Japanese national Noriyo Ohara in October last year.

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

Manila RTC Executive Judge Marino Dela Cruz issued the TRO citing Rule 58 Section 5 (2) of the Rules of Court.

"The Rules of Court gives this office the discretionary authority to consider the application for the issuance ex parte of a temporary restraining order effective for a period of 72 hours from the time of issuance if the matter is of extreme urgency and the applicant will suffer grave injustice and irreparable injury," the RTC said in its three-page order.

Gatdula filed an urgent petition for certiorari and prohibition before the Manila RTC after he was dismissed as NBI Director and was recommended to be subjected to a preliminary investigation for kidnapping and serious illegal detention.

The case was raffled to Manila RTC Judge Felixberto Olalia.

The hearing was set on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. (PNA)



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