Accused rebel released from provincial jail

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014


A SUSPECTED communist leader was released from the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) yesterday after a court in Danao City dismissed the case against him.

Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 25 Judge Jerry Dicdican dismissed the rebellion case against Ramon Patriarca last Jan. 10.

“I am glad for myself, family and friends,” he said in a GMA 7 Balitang Bisdak report.

“Pero sa pikas bahin, masagmuyo gihapon ta nga mas daghan pa gyod ang napriso tungod sa way klarong basehanan (But I’m still disappointed that there are still people in jail because of baseless accusations).”

Still detained

He said there are about 450 political prisoners detained in different parts of the country.

Dicdican issued the certificate of discharge from prison for Patriarca. He resolved the case after the human rights advocate’s camp filed a demurrer to evidence.

According to court procedure, a demurrer to evidence is filed by the defense after the prosecution rests its case. It is a motion to dismiss the case filed by the defense after the prosecution rests on the ground of insufficient evidence of the prosecution.

The military tagged Patriarca as the finance officer of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army. He is allegedly one of the top two officials in Central Visayas.

Allegations

He was detained at the Danao City Jail and Central Command for five years, before he was transferred to the CPDRC on Jan. 25, 2012.

Patriarca’s arrest warrant for rebellion was issued by Danao City RTC Judge Edito Enemecio. He was accused of being one of the attackers of a 78th Infantry Battalion detachment in Caurasan, Carmen, Cebu in December 2002.

Aside from the attack in Caurasan, which led to the death of four soldiers, Patriarca was also reportedly part of a raid on the Regional Mobile Group detachment in Bohol, resulting to the loss of 80 firearms.

Patriarca said he will spend time more with his family and continue to defend human rights.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 05, 2014.

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