Friday, April 07, 2006

Another Monday without Ka Bel

From the Office of Anakpawis Representative Crispin B. Beltran

Lisa C. Ito, Public Information Officer (+63)927.796.7006

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Another Monday without Ka Bel

Congress will be adjourning its sessions on April 6 without the familiar and fiery privilege speeches of illegally-detained Anakpawis Congressman Crispin "Ka Bel" Beltran. This, after the Makati lower court today delayed its promulgation of a resolution on the Motion for Judicial Determination of Probable Cause filed by Beltran's lawyers one month ago.

After the thirty days (30) waiting period, MRTC Branch 137 Judge Jenny Lind Aldecoa-Delorino filed for a thirty (30) day extension of the resolution, in effect prolonging the illegal detention of the 73-year old and ailing solon in Camp Crame.

The Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 48, meanwhile, reset Beltran's arraignment to May 29, at 8:30 in the morning. Beltran's lawyers also filed a Motion to Quash the said arraignment today.

Had Judge Delorino issued a favourable resolution effecting Ka Bel's release even on bail, Beltran would have been making up for time lost by actively lobbying for the passage of House Bill 0345, and campaigning against the passage of the Anti-Terror Bill and the attempts to legitimize Charter Change, the activist lawmaker said as he returned to police custody at the PNP General Hospital in Camp Crame earlier this morning, after the QCMTC hearing.

Beltran and his colleagues from Anakpawis have been counting on his release by via the Makati court resolution today, in order to register his protest against the impending passage of the Anti-Terror Bill this week.

Beltran was illegally arrested and detained, and falsely charged with inciting to sedition and rebellion, at the Quezon City and Makati courts respectively.

On March 13, the Municipal Trial Court of Quezon City Branch 43 issued a Release Order for Beltran (on the sedition case) on the grounds that his arrest was illegal, without probable cause, and violative of Beltran's parliamentary immunity from arrest. The PNP and the DoJ, however, refused to release Beltran on the grounds that another rebellion case is still filed against him. ###


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