Monday, March 06, 2006

Cong. Beltran attends court hearing today

From the Office of Anakpawis Representative Crispin B. Beltran
Lisa C. Ito, Public Information Officer (+63)927.796.7006
Tel. # (+632) 426-9442 Email:
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March 7, 2006

Cong. Beltran attends court hearing today
Gov't prosecutors given seven days to refute motion filed by Rep.
Beltran's lawyers

The state prosecutor who gave Anakpawis Cong. Crispin Beltran and his
lawyer Atty. Romeo T. Capulong only ten minutes to probe the rebellion
charge filed against Beltran was given an entire week to answer to the
latter's refutations.

The Makati Regional Trial Court (MRTC) Branch 138 has given government
prosecutors seven days to refute the Motion for Judicial Determination
of Probable Cause filed by Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran's lawyers.

Department of Justice Prosecutor Emanuel Velasco will have until March
14 to submit comments and additional evidence, as ordered by MRTC
Branch 138 Presiding Judge Sixto Maretta, Jr.

The hearing today proceeded as scheduled at 10:00. As ordered by Judge
Maretta at the yesterday, Rep. Beltran's military custodians brought
him from Camp Crame to the MRTC to attend the hearing.

Rep. Beltran's legal counsels from the Public Interest Law Center
(PILC) refuted several of the charges against Beltran, in the
rebellion case filed against him by the PNP and the DOJ at the inquest
presided over by Velasco.

Velasco was the state prosecutor who gave Rep. Beltran and Atty.
Capulong only ten minutes to go through the rebellion charges filed
against the former at the inquest last Monday, February 27.

Atty. Romeo T. Capulong presented 'incontrovertible evidence' against
the rebellion charge, challenging the charges as "pure concoctions".
"Rep. Beltran's name was not mentioned in the supposed documents
[presented by the PNP in their complaint to the DOJ]," Atty. Capulong
noted, saying this was also exacerbated "by the bias and partiality of
the public prosecutors in the case".

Atty. Capulong presented evidence refuting accusations that Rep.
Beltran allegedly attended the 10th Plenum of the Communist Party of
the Philippines for six months from August 1992 to February 1993,
including Rep. Beltran's planner of activities for 1992, and his
passport issued in 1990 with an expiry date of 1995, emphasizing that
the documents show that Beltran even logged in travels to Osaka, Japan
and France during the supposed period of the plenum.

The court acceded to Prosecutor Velasco's motion, giving him seven (7)
days to answer to the motion. ###


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