Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Ka Bel says he isn't expecting any sympathy or justice

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April 11, 2006

DOJ, PNP reax on Motion to Release Beltran due tomorrow
Ka Bel says he isn't expecting any sympathy or justice

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) is expected to submit tomorrow their Comments on the Motion to Release illegally-detained Anakpawis Congressman Crispin Beltran.

During the hearing at the Makati Regional Trial Court (MRTC) Branch 137, Judge Jenny Lind Aldecoa-Delorino ordered DOJ Senior State Prosecutors headed by Emannuel Velasco and PNP General Hospital Director for Health Services Supt. Federico Dama until April 12, tomorrow, to comment on medical recommendations submitted by Beltran's lawyers.

Atty. Romeo Capulong submitted Medical Reports from Health Action for Human Rights (HAHR) physicians Dr. Romeo F. Quijano, Reginaldo Pamugas, and Melani Hernandez-Sionzon recommending that Beltran be transferred to another hospital outside the PNP.

Atty. Capulong also submitted a Psychiatric Evaluation prepared by Dr. Michael P. Sionzon strongly recommending Beltran's transfer to another hospital outside the PNP in order to lessen his anxiety, which may exacerbate Ka Bel's ailments.

Beltran was diagnosed to have gouty arthritis, nutritional anemia, diabetes mellitus type 2, and hypertensive cardiovascular disease. He also suffered from a mild stroke June last year. Beltran's lawyers have argued that the PNP General Hospital's facilities are inadequate as far as treatment and monitoring of these ailments are concerned.

Beltran's lawyers have already filed a Motion before the MRTC to release Beltran, or transfer him to a hospital with adequate medical facilities. Judge Aldecoa-Delorino is expected to issue a resolution on said Motion after reviewing the Comments to be submitted tomorrow by the PNP and the DOJ.

Beltran, meanwhile, said he was not expecting any sympathetic comment from the DOJ Prosecution "in keeping with the DOJ's utterly unfair and cross-eyed application of justice".

"Despite his impassioned avowals before the MRTC that he is in no way beholden to Pres. Gloria Arroyo, Velasco's actions from the very start belie the DOJ's bias against me. They are rabidly intent on keeping me illegally behind bars. I don't expect tomorrow's comments to deviate from that intention," Beltran said.

"As for the PNP, I hope that they will endorse the Motion to Release based on humanitarian grounds. They know how inadequate the PNP General Hospital is, and how many political detainees and police are suffering from the relative lack of facilities," Beltran said. ###


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