Court convicts 3 RAM men for death of Olalia

A regional trial court docket in Antipolo Town has convicted contributors of the Reform the Armed Forces Motion (RAM) and sentenced them to as much as 40 years of imprisonment for the demise of work chief Rolando “Ka Lando” Olalia and unionist Leonor Alay-ay greater than 30 years in the past.Antipolo RTC Department 97 Presiding Pass judgement on Marie Claire Mabutas-Sorda discovered Fernando Casanova, Dennis Jabatan, and Desiderio Perez responsible for the deaths of Olalia and Alay-ay. They’re most effective 3 out of 13 RAM contributors beneath detention for the crime.“The Courtroom has moderately sifted in the course of the volumes of information of those circumstances and is totally satisfied that the prosecution was once in a position to ascertain past affordable doubt the guilt of the accused in those circumstances,” the 34-page resolution learn.“The prosecution in the course of the witnesses it offered was once in a position to turn the participation of accused Desiderio Perez, Dennis Jabatan and Fernando Casanova,” it added.With the exception of the jail phrases, Pass judgement on Mabutas-Sorda additionally directed the 3 to pay the heirs of Olalia the full of P1.2 million as civil, ethical, exemplary, and temperate damages.  For Alay-ay’s demise, the court docket directed the accused to pay his heirs the quantity of P900,000 as civil, ethical, exemplary, and temperate damages.“All financial awards shall earn passion on the criminal price of six % in step with annum from the date of finality of this resolution till totally paid,” the ruling learn.Pass judgement on Mabutas-Sorda has additionally despatched the circumstances to archives matter to reactivation taking into account that the opposite 9 accused stay at huge.One of the vital accused, Col. Pink Kapunan, is these days the Philippine Ambassador to Germany. He was once cleared in 2016 after the court docket granted his demurrer to proof.

A demurrer to proof is in impact a movement to brush aside anchored at the flooring that the proof offered is inadequate.“Our victory these days has most effective stiffened our unravel to by no means abandon our seek for the rest 9 males inquisitive about our father’s brutal killing,” attorney Rolando Rico Olalia, son of Ka Lando, mentioned in a observation.The Nationwide Union of Peoples’ Attorneys mentioned that whilst the Antipolo Courtroom’s resolution offers reduction, they nonetheless have the “tinge of frustration” as most effective 3 of the accused had been convicted.“At the one hand, others who’re allegedly concerned—in response to the stressful testimonial proof of the prosecution—stay off the hook and are in our midst. 9 of the ones officially charged are nonetheless at huge in spite of 35 years at the run,” NUPL attorney Edre Olalia, a cousin of Ka Lando, mentioned.“For the households of the sufferers, the judicial complaints from one court docket to every other had been too protracted, the criminal techniques had been over-utilized, and twists and turns at other junctures, ranges and fora had been exasperating,” he added.Teddy Casiño of BAYAN expressed the similar sentiment, announcing “this victory, whilst it’s welcome, it’s too little, too overdue.” He referred to as the verdict “partial victory.”Each Casiño and Kilusang Mayo Uno chief Elmer “Bong” Labog mentioned the 3 who had been convicted are most effective the foot squaddies.“Simplest when Cirilo Almario, Jose Bacera, Ricardo Dicon, Gilbert Galicia, Oscar Legaspi, Filomeno Maligaya, Gene Paris, Freddie Sumagaysay, Edger Sumido—and all of the different unnamed principals—who’ve controlled to evade the lengthy arm of the regulation had been discovered and taken prior to the courts to be held in control of their crimes will justice be in the end served,” Rolando Rico Olalia mentioned.

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