Ako Bicol condemns granting of bail to former Daraga Mayor Baldo

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Ako Bicol partylist has condemned the court decision granting the bail request of former Daraga Mayor Carlwyn “Awin” Baldo, the alleged mastermind behind the killing of Rep. Rodel Batocabe.

The partylist said that they were shocked after the Legazpi City RTC Branch 10 has ordered the release on bail of Baldo even if he is facing a non-bailable offense.

“Murder is non-bailable yet with one stroke of a pen this judge revisits to the families of the victims the pain of losing their loved ones,” the partylist said

“We cannot fathom how the judge could have made such a ruling when the evidence is overwhelming against Baldo. The witnesses have spontaneously and separately identified him as the mastermind, the evidence gathered by the police point to him as the mastermind, and he has a clear motive to mastermind the commission crime,” the partylist said.

Ako Bicol posited that there is “enough evidence to convict” Baldo, definitely more than enough to deny bail.

“The extreme standard of proof required by the judge for strong evidence of guilt to deny bail is unwarranted and tantamount to a denial of justice,” said the partylist.

Ako Bicol also hit the supposed “legal gymnastics” made to justify the order to release the former Daraga mayor.

“This ruling is not only an injustice to the memory of Cong. Rodel but is a chilling reminder that justice is difficult to obtain and that crime does pay,” said the partylist.

“We have put our faith in the system, but such an unjust ruling deserves to be called out. We strongly disagree with the grant of bail and hope that the judge reconsiders her decision so that justice may ultimately prevail.”

Batocabe and his aide were killed in an ambush in Daraga in December last year while attending a gift-giving event.

Batocabe was supposed to run as Daraga Mayor.