Friday, December 10, 2010

Full text of the Memorandum on the immediate withdrawal of the information filed against the "Morong 43"

MEMORANDUM FROM THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

TO : SECRETARY LEILA M. DE LIMA
Department of Justice (DOJ)

SUBJECT : IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL OF INFORMATIONS AGAINST THE "MORONG 43"


DATE : December 8, 2010

This refers to the forty three individuals arrested in Morong, Rizal on February 6, 2010, collectively known as the "Morong 43." There is an urgent need to address their plight even solely on humanitarian grounds. Furthermore, it is consistent with the spirit of the season that the "Morong 43" be freed from detention and spend Christmas with their families. More importantly, questions raised on the legality of their arrest justify their release.

Pursuant thereto, and upon instructions of the President, you are hereby ordered to cause the withdrawal of the following Complaints against the aforesaid individuals, to wit:
  1. Criminal Case No. 10-9079-M, People vs. Gary Liberal et al. pending before the Regional Trial Court of Rizal, Branch 78;
  2. Criminal Case No. 10-9078-M, People vs. Reynaldo Macabenta; Municipal Trial Court, Morong, Rizal;
  3. Criminal Case No. 10-9080-M, People vs. Del Ayo Avera, Municipal Trial Court, Morong, Rizal;
  4. Criminal Case No. 10-9081-M, People vs. Romeo de la Cruz; Municipal Trial Court, Morong, Rizal,
  5. Criminal Case Nos. 7082 , 7083 and 7084, People vs. Delayo Avera et al., for Violation of COMELEC Resolution No. 87134 in relation to Article 261 (Q) of the Election Code, Municipal Trial Court, Morong, Rizal, and
  6. Criminal Case No. 7130, People vs. Delayo Avera for violation of PD 1866, Municipal Trial Court, Morong, Rizal.
For your immediate and strict compliance.

PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.
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