Police work on Baktin's man application as state witness

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Monday, December 3, 2012


THE Davao City Police Office (DCPO) is now working on the application of one of the five self-confessed members of the "Baktin" carnap group to place him under the witness protection program.

The carnap group member who is now charged with carnapping is Mark Zapanta "Amak” Daquiado, 26, of Maa in Davao City. He first surrendered to the Banaybanay Municipal Police and was turned over to DCPO on November 5.

Daquido is allegedly the right-hand man of carnap syndicate leader Ryan Yu, who is now believed to be hiding in Madrid, Spain.

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In an interview after the change of command ceremony at the Task Force Davao (TFD) headquarters last Thursday, Senior Superintendent Ronald dela Rosa, DCPO director, said that like Gerry Paulino, Daquiado is also entitled to become a state witness against Yu.

Paulino was one of four suspects earlier arrested by police operatives for their involvement in a series of carnapping activities in Davao City and other areas in the region. The four are facing trial for violation of the Anti-Carnapping Act.

The charges filed against Daquiado have yet to be acted upon by the City Prosecutor’s Office (CPO).

Of the four accused, Paulino is the only one under DCPO custody after refusing to post bail for his temporary liberty. He had applied to become a state witness.

Dela Rosa said he is confident that Daquiado and Paulino are willing to swear before the court against Yu for the series of carnapping incidents in the region and even in other areas.

Dela Rosa said once their application for the witness protection program will be approved before the court, Daquiado and Paulino -- including their families -- will be transferred to a safer house.

"Like Paulino, Daquiado is fine. Naa ra sila sa sulod (DCPO) istambay lang sa while ginalihok pa namo ang ilang application para sa witness protection program," Dela Rosa said.

Daquiado and Paulino are detained at the DCPO jail facility, after they did not post bail and opted to remain under the custody of the DCPO for security reasons.

Dela Rosa said they could not rush acting on the application for state witness since there were additional charges earlier filed against them before the City Prosecutor’s Office.

The DCPO had filed six additional carnapping charges against Ryan Yu.

Aside from Daquiado and Paulino, the three other accused are Eddie Lopez, Diego Macatimbang and Hermie Tahom, who were released after posting P180,000 bail.

They pleaded not guilty on their arraignment before Judge Evalyn M. Arellano–Morales of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 17.

Paulino, Lopez, Macatimbang and Tahom are scheduled to appear again before the court on January 25, 2013 for the preliminary conference and on February 20 for a pre-trial.

When asked about the Hold Departure Order for the four accused filed by the government Prosecutor Carlos Castaños Jr., which was approved by Arellano-Morales of the RTC Branch 17, Dela Rosa said such moved was good but whether there is a hold departure order or none he can assured that the five members of Yu can't leave Davao City.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 04, 2012.

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