Miranda fails to show up at DOJ probe

March 9, 2012 12:43 pm 

MANILA, March 8 – Former National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Spokesman Supt. Rommel Miranda failed to show up on Thursday at the preliminary investigation at the Department of Justice (DOJ) in connection with the complaint for kidnapping-for-ransom with homicide filed against him.

According to Atty. Reynaldo Ruiz, legal counsel of Miranda, they asked for a period of 15 days within which to submit a counter-affidavit, however, they were only given until Monday (March 12).

Ruiz stressed that his client had nothing to do with the killing, whom he said, was merely a victim of "frame-up".

The other respondents namely, Regidor Capulong "Tagoy" Santiago and the policemen, PO1 Otello Santos, Jr. and PO1 Jefford Signap were able to appear at the DOJ hearing accompanied by their respective lawyers.

Santiago refused to be interviewed by the media covering the DOJ, but according to his legal counsel Atty. Manuel Go, they are still studying whether or not his client should be placed under the government's Witness Protection Program (WPP).

The killing of Leah Angeles Ng was discovered when Santiago confessed about the crime they have committed.

Both the husband of Ng, Tommy and her sister, Rachel Paat have expressed the belief that money was the only motive in the death of their loved one.

They were also dismayed that they considered Miranda as a close friend for 17 years, but he committed the crime against Leah. (PNA)

/ RSV/PTR

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