Last Monday, December 13, the Department of Justice finally filed a motion to withdraw information (charges) against the Morong 43. The move was the result of an earlier pronouncement from Malacanang made during Human Rights Day. Afte the filing of the DOJ motion, our lawyers filed a manifestation on the following day, December 14, joining the motion of the DOJ.
Nonetheless, the Morong RTC Judge Gina Escotto set the motion for clarificatory hearing because the DOJ failed to attach the review resolution which was the basis of the motion to withdraw, and because the prosecutors did not provide the defense counsel copies of the motion via personal service.
Also on December 14, anti-communist nuisance and AFP attack-dog ANAD through Rep. Pastor Alcover, filed their opposition to the DOJ motion and moved for the cancelation of the scheduled hearing. Alcover claims he is a public official and a “person in authority” hence he should be allowed to intervene in the proceedings.
December 15, at 10:00am the Morong RTC conducted a clarificatory hearing. The DOJ joined the defense lawyers in opposing the ANAD motion. The DOJ also submitted the review resolution on the case of the Morong 43. The hearing was concluded before 10:30 am. The judge said that she will rule on the motion to withdraw “expeditiously”. Our lawyers have asked us to standby within the day and up to tomorrow for the issuance of the resolution.
It is our hope that we will get a favorable decision and that the release of the detainees can be processed immediately. So now we wait and prepare to welcome the Morong 43 detainees when they are released.
AS OF 2:37 PM WE WERE INFORMED THAT NO DECISION YET WAS FORTHCOMING TODAY, DEC.15. WE WAIT AGAIN TOMORROW, DEC.16.