NAGA CITY—The Department of Justice through Undersecretary Jose Vicente B. Salazar has reversed the decision of the Camarines Sur Provincial Prosecutor dismissing the criminal complaints for Serious Illegal Detention and Malicious Mischief field against supporters of Aga Muhlach in the May 2013 elections.
This was confirmed by Goa Town Mayor Antero Lim, who is one of the accused, in an exclusive interview with BICOL STANDARD.
Lim said he received a copy of the Information on Tuesday.
In Salazar’s decision dated 5 January, 2015, he ordered Camarines Sur Provincial Prosecutor Richard Cu to act on the complaint for “serious illegal detention” with modification, which includes the offense of malicious mischief to several persons, and ordered the dismissal of the charges to several individuals.
In the same Order, Undersecretary Salazar censured the Provincial Prosecutor for not filing the appropriate lesser offenses which were committed, but did not fall under “serious illegal detention.”
This case stemmed from the rock-throwing incidents and damages to public property, which fall under the offense of Malicious Mischief.
Upon orders of Undersecretary Salazar, the following were charged in the Information for Serious Illegal Detention defined under Article 267 of the Revised Penal Code: Alfredo “Pidong” Gonzaga, Vice Mayor of Goa; Rogelio B. Pervera, Jr.; Ferdinand “Mamo” B. Melgarejo; Amy de Vera; Antero S. Lim, Mayor of Goa; Redito C. Clari ño; Jacinto P. Burce, Jr.; Antonio A. Señar; Virgilio “Beyong” E. Panuelos, Vincent Elorde B. Espinosa; Tomas T. Rances; Leo P. Cea; Busto P. Brutas; Siegfredo “Bong” F. Tolentino; Herman B. Quingquing; Sabas D. Palmaria Jr.; Venus I. Durante; Jesilda P. Regaspi; Francisco “Eco” R. Tria lll; Arnulfo C. Clapis; Alex Camacho; Noel V. del Rosario; Achilles S. Royol; Ronnie C. Callo; Arnelo C. Enterino; Ezekiel A. Celian; Rodel P. Piloneo; Alfredo B. Patriarca Jr.; Aguinaldo B. Punto; Victor B. Sumagpang; Malvin D. Calvo; Joel T. Baturiano; Oscar D.M. Cielo; Simeon E. Buenaagua; and Rico T. Seguenza.
For the crime of Malicious Mischief defined under Article 327 of the Revised Penal Code, the following were also charged: Noel V. del Rosario, Achilles S. Royol, Ronnie C. Callo, Arnelo C. Enterino, Ezekiel A. Celian, Rodel P. Piloneo, Alfredo B. Patriarca Jr., Aguinaldo B. Punto, Victor M. Sumagpang, Malvin D. Calvo, Joel T. Baturiano, Oscar D.M. Cielo, Simeon E. Buenaagua, and Rico T. Seguenza.
Meanwhile, the said Order also stated that the complaint for Serious Illegal Detention against respondents Manuel Estela, Pilar Vegas, Francis Sotero, Fernan R. Coltivo, Noel Cominguez, Elmo Bombase, Efren Rivero, Emily Vargas, Edmund Clapis, Gaspar Saonoy, Mario Collat, Felix Azor, Allan Formalejo, Danny Pontejos, and Julio Bombase should be dismissed.
The complainants in these cases are Tigaon Mayor Arnulf Bryan B. Fuentebella, Joseph Mendoza, Julius Lelis, Francisco Oraa lll, Alex Mabana, Jesus Ortinero, Rene Touzo, Romeo Boregas, Sr., Pablito Briguel, Nemia Genio, Ernie San Gaspar, Michael Penolio, Jocelyn Bosito, PO3 Alben T. Real, PO3 Wilmor Lontoc, and PO3 Aleksei Sergio.
It will be recalled that the complaint for Serious Illegal Detention was filed by Tigaon Town Mayor Fuentebella and several others when they were prevented from leaving the said building for at least two (2) days during the counting of the votes. The supporters of then Congressional candidate Aga Muhlach were enraged upon learning that their supported candidate was losing the election count. To express their discontent, they allegedly threw stones at the municipal building, where Fuentebella and his company were staying.
The volatile peace and order situation within the compound of the municipal premises was further exacerbated by the results of the election which turned out to be in favor of Felix William “Wimpy” Fuentebella, who was already leading by several hundred votes over Muhlach in the unofficial count.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM