NBI files attempted murder raps vs. 5 suspects in NBP grenade blast

December 18, 2012 11:33 pm 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo, Jr.

MANILA, Dec. 18 — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed before the Muntinlupa City Prosecutor's Office attempted murder charges against five suspects in the grenade explosion at the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) in Muntinlupa City on Nov. 16, 2012 that injured four individuals.

Charged were Henry Villa, alias "Jeff Bulusok"; Pablo Anora, alias "Boyet"; Ronaldo Torres; Joseph Mostrales; and Jerry Pepino.

In the final report to Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima, NBI Director Nonnatus Caesar R. Rojas said that among the evidence gathered by the NBI were footage captured and recorded by a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera in the vicinity of the explosion site, as well as several testimonies of eyewitnesses.

Among others, the eyewitnesses identified the person who actually lobbed the grenade at a group of NBI inmates, and provided information as to his four other co-conspirators and the possible motive for the attack.

Villa was identified by several witnesses as the man caught on-camera hurling a grenade at some of his fellow inmates thus causing injury to several individuals.

One of the witnesses even successfully picked out Villa's picture from a set of six photographs.

Another witness testified that in the afternoon of the day before the incident, he heard Anora giving instructions to Torres to retrieve something from a water tank early the following morning while it would still be dark.

He also identified Villa as a known loyal crony of Torres.

The same witness further attested that he overheard a conversation between fellow inmates Torres, Mostrales and Pepino about their plan to explode a grenade at the compound of the Batang City Jail (BCJ) group in a bid to install Anora as the new leader of the said group.

It was alleged that Anora shall then gain control over illegal activities in the NBP, including drug running, illegal trade on contraband items such as liquor, and even the kidnapping of inmates' visitors.

Incidentally, movements in the leadership of groups in the NBP indeed took place in the wake of the grenade explosion, including Anora's takeover as officer-in-charge (OIC) of the BCJ group, Torres as OIC commander of the Batang Samar Leyte (BSL) group, Mostrales' designation as OIC mayor of BCJ, and Pepino as commander of Batman, otherwise known as "Batang Mananalo".

The veracity of the evidence and testimony gathered by the NBI was bolstered after witnesses underwent polygraph examination. (PNA)

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