Ex-mayor of Dapitan surrenders-A A +A
Saturday, January 25, 2014
A SCION of a powerful political clan in Zamboanga del Norte surrendered to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Central Visayas last Thursday afternoon.
He will begin serving his sentence of one year and eight months following his conviction for robbery 44 years ago.
But Dominador Jalosjos, former mayor of Dapitan City, Zamboanga, will not be detained in a jail facility. Instead, he will remain in his executive room at Cebu Doctors’ Hospital due to his “life-threatening” heart ailments.
Cebu City Executive Judge Soliver Peras yesterday granted the request of Inocencio dela Cerna, lawyer of Jalosjos, to allow Jalosjos to stay in the hospital as he prepares for his open heart surgery in the coming weeks.
“We already submitted a medical certificate to that effect,” dela Cerna told reporters.
The lawyer said Jalosjos decided to voluntary submit himself to the CIDG 7 after their legal remedy was denied by the Court of Appeals and that his conviction attained its finality.
“We bowed to the majesty of the court so he will have to surrender,” dela Cerna said.
Jalosjos yielded himself to the CIDG Thursday afternoon, following the arrest warrant issued by Judge Soliver Peras last Nov.9, 2013.
The CIDG operatives went to Jalosjos’ executive room in the hospital at around noontime and took his fingerprints and mug shots.
The arrest warrant against him stemmed from his robbery conviction on April 30, 1970 by then Circuit Criminal Court and now Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Cebu City.
Jalosjos applied for probation, but the trial court later revoked it after he failed to complete the terms and conditions of his parole and probation. A warrant of arrest
was then issued against him, but the police were unable to arrest him.
Government prosecutors then filed a motion for the issuance of an alias warrant of arrest, arguing that the certification of probation issued by a parole and probation officer was falsified. At first, the court denied the prosecutors’ motion for issuance of arrest warrant.
Judge Gilbert Moises, in his two-page order dated April 25, 2011, later granted the prosecutors’ appeal and ordered the issuance of an alias arrest warrant against Jalosjos for him to serve his sentence.
Moises, presiding judge of the Regional Trial Court Branch 18, later inhibited from hearing the case.
When the case was raffled off to Peras, he denied it for lack of merit Jalosjos’ motion for reconsideration and ordered the issuance of an alias warrant of arrest.
In Jan. 2013, the appeals court’s 20th Division, in a resolution written by Associate Justice Ramon Paul Hernando, issued a 60-day temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing the implementation of an alias warrant of arrest.
Upon expiration of the TRO, the appellate court denied Jalosjos’ application for an injunction and affirmed Peras’ decision in issuing the arrest warrant.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 25, 2014.