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Ako Bicol Rep. Garbin scores granting of bail to ex-Daraga Mayor Baldo anew

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Ako Bicol Rep. Alfredo Garbin has condemned anew the granting of bail to the alleged mastermind of the killing of former Rep. Rodel Batocabe.

Garbin brought his denunciation of the said bail approval to former Daraga Mayor Carlwyn “Awin” Baldo.

The Ako Bicol solon, in his privilege speech last Monday, scored Judge Maria Theresa San Juan Loquillano of Legazpi City RTC for granting the bail despite the “overwhelming evidence to point that Baldo is the mastermind of the killing.”

“Murder is non-bailable crime yet with one stroke of a pen this judge revisits to the families of the victim the pain of losing their loved ones,” Garbin said in speech.

“We cannot fathom how the judge could have made such a ruling when evidence is overwhelming against Baldo,” he added.

Garbin also said that the witnesses have “separately and spontaneously pointed out to 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 of the crime.”

The solon noted that there is enough evidence to convict and definitely “more than enough to deny bail.”

Garbin also pointed out that since Baldo is charged with a non-bailable offense, his bail request is not a matter of right but only discretionary on the part of the judge provided that the evidence of guilt is not strong.

“The prosecution showes that the evidence of guilt is strong enough to warrant the denial of their petition to be allowed to post bail.”

Garbin said that it appears that “legal gymnastics” were made in order to ignore the direct testimonies and spontaneous declarations pointing Baldo as the “main culprit” in the killing of Batocabe and his aide.

Garbin said that they hope the court will reconsider its decision so that “justice may ultimately prevail.”