Court acquits Army major in Jonas Burgos case
The Quezon City regional trial court acquitted on Thursday an Army officer tagged in the abduction of peasant leader Jonas Burgos in 2007.
In a nine-page decision, the QCRTC Branch 216 exonerated Army Major Harry Baliaga Jr. from charges of arbitrary detention after the prosecution failed to prove his guilt.
The court ruled that the prosecution’s evidence was based on hearsay and not on personal knowledge.
Burgos was last seen alive on April 28, 2007 when unidentified men forcibly took him from inside a mall in Quezon City into a vehicle.
He was never seen since then.