By Joey Natividad
TIGAON, Camarines Sur, 24Feb2015 (BicolToday.com) — It is not yet over for (already) dismissed complaint versus “Muhlach 50”.
The case filed in 2013 against 50 supporters of Aga Muhlach for serious illegal detention by Tigaon officials and employees is not yet over after the Department of Justice (DOJ) threw back to the Camarines Sur Provincial Prosecutor to act on the complaints with modifications.
The Justice Department studied the merits of the complaint after the complainants headed by Mayor Arnie Fuentebella of Tigaon filed a motion for reconsideration after the Provincial Prosecutor dismissed the complaint for serious illegal detention against the “Muhlach 50”.
In a decision dated January 5, 2015, Justice Undersecretary Jose Vicente B. Salazar ordered the Camarines Sur Provincial Prosecutor to act on the complaint for “serious illegal detention” with modification, which include the offense of malicious mischief to several persons, and ordered the dismissal of the charges to several individuals.
Undersecretary Salazar also chastised the Provincial Prosecutor for not filing the appropriate lesser offenses which were committed, but did not fall under “serious illegal detention.”
The Undersecretary was referring to the rock-throwing incidents and damages to public property which fall under the offense of “malicious mischief.”
Ordered by the DOJ, the Provincial Prosecutor is mandated to file:
1. The appropriate information for Serious Illegal Detention under Article 267 of the Revised Penal Code respondents Alfredo “Pidong” Gonzaga- vice mayor of Goa town, Rogelio B. Pervera, Jr., Ferdinand “Mamo” B. Melgarejo, Amy de Vera, Antero Lim- mayor of Goa town, Redito C. Clarino, Jacinto P. Burce, Jr., Antonio A. Senar, Virgilio “Beyong” E. Panuelos, Vincent Elorde B. Espinosa, Tomas T. Rances, Leo P. Cea, Busto P. Brutas, Siegredo “Bong” F. Tolentino, Herman B. Quingquing, Sabas D. Palmaria Jr., Venus I. Durante, Jesilda P. Regaspi, Francisco “Eco” R. Tria lll, Arnulfo C. Clapis, Alex Camacho, Noel V. del Rosario, Achilles S. Royol, Ronnie C. Callo, Arnelo C. Enterino, Ezekiel A. Celian, Rodel P. Piloneo, Alfredo B. Patriarca Jr., Aguinaldo B. Punto, Victor B. Sumagpang, Malvin D. Calvo, Joel T. Baturiano, Oscar D.M. Cielo, Simeon E. Buenaagua, and Rico T. Seguenza.
2. The appropriate information for Malicious Mischief under article 327 of the Revised Penal Code against Noel V. del Rosario, Achilles S. Royol, Ronnie C. Callo, Arnelo C. Enterino, Ezekiel A. Celian, Rodel P. Piloneo, Alfredo B. Patriarca Jr., Aguinaldo B. Punto, Victor M. Sumagpang, Malvin D. Calvo, Joel T. Baturiano, Oscar D.M. Cielo, Simeon E. Buenaagua, and Rico T. Seguenza.
3. The dismissal of the charge for serious illegal detention against respondents Manuel Estela, Pilar Vegas, Francis Sotero, Fernan R. Coltivo, Noel Cominguez, Elmo Bombase, Efren Rivero, Emily Vargas, Edmund Clapis, Gaspar Saonoy, Mario Collat, Felix Azor, Allan Formalejo, Danny Pontejos, and Julio Bombase.
Complainants are Tigaon Mayor Arnulf Bryan B. Fuentebella, Joseph Mendoza, Julius Lelis, Francisco Oraa lll, Alex Mabana, Jesus Ortinero, Rene Touzo, Romeo Boregas, Sr., Pablito Briguel, Nemia Genio, Ernie San Gaspar, Michael Penolio, Jocelyn Bosito, PO3 Alben T. Real, PO3 Wilmor Lontoc, and PO3 Aleksei Sergio.
The complaint for Serious Illegal Detention came up after Tigaon Mayor Fuentebella and others were allegedly holed up inside the municipal building for two days, May 15-16, 2013, when the crowd of Aga Muhlach supporters gathering inside the municipal hall compound were getting agitated and unruly, a situation leading to stone throwing incidents at the municipal building on the night of May 16.
The Muhlach supporters were standing vigil at the COMELEC while it was canvassing votes for congressional candidates Aga Muhlach and Wimpy Fuentebella. The vigil had become tense when Muhlach was losing by a few hundred votes, when a day before, Muhlach was unofficially leading by a thousand votes over Fuentebella.
The climactic turn of events erupted on May 16 when the COMELEC declared Wimpy Fuentebella as the winner on the closely contested congressional race.
Shouts of anger and accusations of cheating were hurled by Muhlach supporters against the Fuentebella group which was also standing vigil.
That night of May 16, several persons among the crowd of Muhlach supporters started throwing rocks at the municipal building and the crowd turned into violence.
The Fuentebella group claimed that, out of fear for their lives, they cannot leave the building and have no liberty to do so.
However, during the 2-day stand-off, groups of anti-riot policemen and Army soldiers had cordoned the perimeter area outside the municipal building, but had remained civil during the rock-throwing incidents. No arrests were made.
Adding worse to the plight of the “Muhlach 50” is the grim reality that Aga Muhlach and his wife, Charlene Gonzales, had turned their backs on them.
Despite failed attempts to contact the two showbiz personalities who had changed their contact numbers, the two “stars” never bothered to visit them in Camarines Sur, nor offer any messages of moral support.
The “Muhlach 50” felt they were abandoned by their idols after sacrificing so much in fighting for the Muhlachs during the 2013 election. [BicolToday.com]