Monday, May 22, 2006

*Judge on Ka Bel’s rebellion case concedes to DOJ, Malacanang pressure; Inhibits herself to avoid political backlash

The Free Ka Bel Movement (FKBM) lambasted this morning DOJ Sec. Raul Gonzales and the Malacanang for pressuring Makati Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 137 Judge Jenny Lind Aldecoa-Delorino to inhibit herself from the rebellion case filed against Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran.

FKBM Spokesperson Dennis Maga assailed Gonzales’ dirty tactics to delay the decision of Delorino on the petition for judicial determination for probable cause filed by Beltran’s lawyers. Maga said that Delorino’s decision to junk the amended information by the prosecution which favors the Batasan 5 and the others accused of the same charges triggered Gonzales to move for the inhibition of the said Makati judge from further hearing the controversial case.

”Malacanang has all the means to manipulate the judicial process to their favor. It is a logical possibility that, similar to what they did in the 2004 elections, they have posed serious threats on the career of Delorino in the Judiciary. Or much worse, they have threatened the lives of Delorino and her family like what they did to un-cooperative members of Comelec in their 2004 election cheating extravaganza.”

The FKBM said that for as long as the judicial process is rolling on the side of the truth and fairness, they are still confident that the rebellion charges against the internationally acclaimed legislator will be junked. Maga however said that they will do everything to stop the DOJ and Malacanang from meddling in the judiciary and that they are ready to file cases against Sec. Gonzales and all those coercing Delorino and other members of the court. Different organizations and personalities supportive of Beltran will also file for the disbarment of Gonzales. ###

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