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First Posted 11:42:00 11/01/2015
NAVAL, Biliran – The three policemen allegedly involved in the shooting incident that occurred at around 7:30 in the evening of June 7, 2008 in front of the residence of Charles Chong at P. Inocentes St., Brgy. P. I. Garcia, Naval, Biliran which resulted in the killing of Alberto Parilla and Antonio Barcelo and the wounding of Jose Q. Casas, all security escorts of Charles Chong were acquitted in a decision by a regional trial court judge here in Region 8. [(UPDATE 8) Two dead, one wounded in shooting incident infront of Biliran solon’s house]
The court decision was promulgated by Judge Altone M. Miralles, presiding judge of the 8th Judicial Region, Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 8, Bulwagan ng Katarungan in Tacloban City on October 30 , 2015.
Acquitted for murder, frustrated murder and attempted murder under Criminal Cases Nos. 2709-2712,/2709 and 2710-2711/2712 are SPO2 Renato B. Saul, PO3 Jovito Say Cabillan and SPO3 Charlie Almine Ando, Jr..
SPO2 Saul was a personnel of the Biliran Police Provincial Office (BPPO) while PO3 Cabillan and SPO3 Ando were personnel of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Biliran province. I4th paragraph mi Lon aron mailhan diin sila na belong nga unit.
Judge Miralles ordered the acquittal of Saul, Cabillan and Ando for failure of the prosecution to prove the guilt of the accused beyond reasonable doubt.
Judge Miralles also directed in his decision the chief warden of the provincial jail of Leyte to release all the accused from its custody unless they are detained for some other lawful cause or charges.
Homobono Ubaldo Bardillon, provincial jail warden of Leyte provincial jail, signed the certificate of discharged of detention of Saul, Cabillan and Ando on October 30, 2015 based on the decision of Judge Miralles.
Saul, Cabillan and Ando were detained in the Leyte provincial jail on April 8, 2011.
Prior to the decision of RTC Branch 8, SPO2 Saul was already exonerated on his administrative and grave misconduct charges based on the decision of Police Chief Superintendent Arnold Rayala Revilla, regional director of the Police Regional Office 8 in Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Campetic, Palo, Leyte on January 31, 2011.
PRO 8 dismissed the administrative charge for grave misconduct of SPO2 Saul for insufficiency of evidence. -BiliranIsland.com