Prosecutors say complaints still up for resolution

ESPINO AMBUSH CASE

THE San Carlos City Prosecutors’ Office is set to file the complaint of two counts of murder and two counts of frustrated murder filed by the police against 12 suspects and 10 John Does in connection with the ambush of former Congressman Amado Espino Jr. and his party on September 11, 2019 in Barangay Magtaking in San Carlos City, are up for resolution by the San Carlos City Prosecutors Office.

This was confirmed by San Carlos City Prosecutor Glenn Lumanlan in reaction to The PUNCH’s report that quoted P/Lt. Colonel Norman Florentino, deputy provincial director for administration, as having said that he was not aware of a case filed against the suspects in the court of justice four months after the incident.

Lumanlan said his office gave themselves 60-days within which to resolve the cases given the procedures they observe in handling the sensational case since the suspected mastermind and financiers were among those listed as “John Does”.

The San Carlos City Police filed the complaints using the evidence gathered by the Regional Special Investigation Task Group Espino headed by P/Colonel Ismael Yu and P/Colonel Redrico Maranan.

Lumanlan said as a matter of procedure, the respondents were given two weeks within which to file their respective counter-affidavits in many instances, but before the expiration of the deadline, they–through their lawyers–asked for the extension of time to file the same, which had to be granted.

He also invoked the law on privacy by refusing to provide more details on their evaluation of the complaint submitted by the police even as he refused to state his office’s self-imposed deadline for the filing.

He assured copies of the resolution will be furnished all parties, the respondents and the complainants, once filed.  (Leonardo Micua)

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