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Probe on meddling Times Bar abogados set on Aug 28

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Makati City prosecutors have set the preliminary investigation on August 28 relative to the complaint filed against the three lawyers who were arrested by policemen who served a search warrant in a bar suspected to be a drug den.

Facing a complaint for violation of Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code, Resistance and Disobedience, violation of a city ordinance and Section 11, Article 2 of the Dangerous Drugs Act on constructive possession are lawyers Lenie Rocha, Jan Vincent Soliven and Romulo Alarcon.

“Premises considered, it is respectfully recommended that complaints be subjected to preliminary investigation and that Attys. Lenie Rocel Elmido Rocha, Jan Vincent Sambrano Soliven and Romulo Bernard Bustamante Alarkonbe released pending to conduct of such investigation. The preliminary investigation is set August 28 and September 4 at 2 p.m.,” read the two-page order signed by Deputy City Prosecutor Henry Salazar which was approved by Senior Deputy City Prosecutor Emmanuel Medina.

The case was filed by members of the Drug Enforcement Unit of the Makati City Police Station.

Initial investigation showed the police implemented a search warrant issued by Makati Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Elmo Alameda at the Times in Manila Bar along Makati Ave. last August 16.

Police said while they are implementing the search warrant, the three lawyers entered the bar at 12:30 p.m. and ignored the policeman who asked for their identification cards.

Odronia said there was a need to conduct further investigation to hear the side of the lawyers and to determine if their actions constitute constructive possession of the drugs seized in the premises.

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