The Dominador Jalosjos case-A A +A
Saturday, January 25, 2014
THE long arm of the law did not catch up with former Dapitan City mayor Dominador G. Jalosjos. For more than 30 years, that arm was inutile. Even the Sandiganbayan, in a decision in a related case, was left to wonder why “(d)espite the lapse of 16 years, warrant of arrest was not effected” against Jalosjos.
That case was People versus Gregorio Bacolod. Greg is a Cebuano (and a friend), who rose from being Probations Officer in Cebu to administrator of the Parole and Probations Administration.
These are the facts as culled from the decision of the Supreme Court in Jalosjos versus Comelec (G.R. No. 193237) and of the Sandiganbayan First Division in Pp. vs. Bacolod (Crim. Cases No. 28118 and 28119):
Jalosjos and three others were charged with robbery in Cebu on Jan. 22, 1969. On April 30, 1970, all the accused were sentenced to suffer a penalty of “prision correcconal minimum to prision mayor maximum.”
Jalosjos appealed to the Court of Appeals but his appeal was dismissed on Aug. 9, 1973.
“It was only after a lapse of several years or more specifically on June 17, 1985 that Jalosjos filed a petition for probation before the RTC Branch 18 of Cebu City which was granted by the court. But then, on motion filed by his probation officer, Jalosjos’ probation was revoked by the RTC Cebu City on March 19, 1987 and the corresponding warrant for his arrest was issued.”
The probation officer who moved to recall the probation was Bacolod. He told the Cebu RTC that since the start of 1986 up until the time that he filed his motion, Jalosjos has not reported to him.
The Court granted Bacolod’s motion and on March 19, 1987 it revoked the probation and ordered the issuance of a warrant of arrest against Jalosjos in order that he can serve his sentence. For one reason or another, the warrant was never served. On Jan. 16, 2004 or some 17 years after, the Court, at the instance of Assistant City Prosecutor Victor Laborte, again ordered the arrest of Jalosjos.
In the meantime and “anticipating that James Adasa will file a disqualification case against him, Jalosjos secured from the Parole and Probation Administration a certification that he has fully served his probation. (Adasa was Jalosjos’s opponent for mayor of Dapitan City).
The PPA issued the certification stating that Jalosjos “has fulfilled the terms and conditions of his probation and his case is deemed terminated” and that the certification served as a final discharge and “shall operate to restore to him (Jalosjos) all civil rights lost or suspended as a result of his conviction.”
Dated Dec. 19, 2003, the certification was signed by Bacolod, the same officer who earlier asked the court to revoke Jalosjos’ probation for failing to report to him.
Epilogue: Jalosjos ran for Dapitan City Mayor in the May 10, 2010 elections, won and was proclaimed. The Comelec, however, disqualified him because of his previous conviction for robbery, nullified his proclamation and in his place, declared his opponent, Agapito J. Cardino, as the duly elected mayor. Last Thursday, he informed the helpless police where to find him – in the hospital.
Bacolod was convicted by the Sandiganbayan of violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt and Practices Act and of Falsification of Public Document and ordered jailed for six years and one month to ten years in the graft case and for two years, four months and one day to eight years and one day for falsification.
I do not know if he has appealed the decision.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 26, 2014.