Saturday, July 08, 2006

0706b: Second judge in Beltran's case inhibits, but consolidates old and new rebellion raps

From the Office of Anakpawis Representative Crispin B. Beltran
Lisa C. Ito, Public Information Officer (+63)927.796.7006
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July 6, 2006
Second judge in Beltran's case inhibits, But consolidates old and new rebellion raps

The new judge handling Anakpawis Congressman Crispin Beltran's case has inhibited herself from further proceeding, but not before affirming the consolidation of old and new charges filed against Beltran and and 47 other individuals, including Beltran's five other colleagues from Congress.

In her order dated July 3, 2006, Judge Encarnacion Jaja Moya forwarded to the Makati Regional Trial Court (MRTC) Branch 146 the rebellion case ordered consolidated by MRTC Branch No. 57 Judge Renato Quilala with the rebellionc case against Beltran and Lt. San Juan pending before Moya.

"The consolidation of these cases is on account of the fact that the accused in Criminal Case No. 06-944 before the RTC Branch 157 were alleged in the information to be conspiring, confederating, and mutually helping each other together with the accused in this case before this Court, who are likewise accused of rebellion. Thus, based on the ground that there are common evidence to be presented which will entail a joint hearing necessitating a joint decision," Moya wrote.

Moya however inhibited herself from sitting in the consolidated cases as she is a "personal friend and close associate" of Atty. Christopher Belmonte, one of the accused in the consolidated case.

Beltran's lawyers led by Atty. Romeo Capulong will be filing a Motion for Reconsideration to Moya's consolidation, saying that Moya's move violates Beltran's right to due process. The new information consolidated with Beltran's case is based on the amended information that was previously rejected by Judge Jenny Lind Aldecoa Delorino, Beltran's lawyers noted.

The new information (CC- No. 06-944) was previously heard by Judge Renato Quilala of the MRTC Branch 57, w hile the old information (CC. No. 06-452) was handled by Judge Moya. The DOJ previously asked the courts to consolidate the separate rebellion charges filed.

Meanwhile, the Free Ka Bel Movement (FKBM), an alliance calling for Beltran's immediate release, denounced Moya's "unjust decision to consolidate the case". "Moya's decision is a disappointment. This maneuver will invariably and unjustly delay the legal battle for Ka Bel's liberty," Dennis Maga spokesperson of the FKBM said. "There's obvious pressure on all the judges handling the rebellion cases to kowtow to the DOJ's impositions," he commented.

The case will be reraffled today 2 PM at the courtroom of Executive Judge Napoleon E. Inoturan of the MRTC Branch 133. ###

Cong. Crispin Beltran is confined under police custody at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City. Today is the 131st day of his arbitrary detention by the Arroyo administration.


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