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Villarin joins 30-plus solons in denouncing ex-Makabayan lawmakers’ arrest for murder of Akbayan supporters

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Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin has joined more than 30 members of the House of Representatives in denouncing the Palayan City Regional Trial Court’s (RTC) arrest warrant against four former Makabayan party-list bloc lawmakers for the alleged murder of Akbayan supporters.

House Resolution No. 2064 implored the court to “reconsider the arrest order” against National Anti-Poverty Commission Chairperson Liza Maza, as well as former Reps. Rafael Mariano, Teddy Casiño and Satur Ocampo.

The resolution noted that Judge Evelyn Atienza-Turla’s July 11, 2018 arrest order “directly contradicts” her own July 18, 2008 order that found the same set of evidence defective for being unsubscribed by the witnesses.

“There is no explanation for the reversal of Turla’s order despite being based on the same evidence, facts, and circumstances. Law requires all judges to clearly explain their decisions or orders, with factual and legal basis, for fairness and due process,” read the resolution.

Aside from Villarin, the signatories were led by the current Makabayan lawmakers: Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate, ACT Teachers Reps. Antonio Tinio and France Castro, Gabriela Women’s Party Reps. Emmi de Jesus and Arlene Brosas, Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao, and Kabataan Rep. Sarah Jane Elago.

Other signatories were: Agbiag Rep. Michelle Antonio, ANAC-IP Rep. Jose Panganiban Jr., 1-Pacman Reps. Michael Romero and Enrico Pineda, LPGMA Rep. Arnel Ty, Kabayan Rep. Ron Salo, Agri Rep. Orestes Salon, TUCP Rep. Raymond Democrito Mendoza, Manila Teachers Rep. Virgilio Lacson, Cagayan 2nd Dist. Rep. Baby Aline Vargas-Alfonso, Cagayan 3rd Dist. Rep. Randolph Ting, Isabela 3rd Dist. Rep. Napoleon Dy, Ilocos Sur 2nd Dist. Rep. Eric Singson, La Union 1st Dist. Rep. Pablo Ortega, La Union 2nd Dist. Rep. Sandra Eriguel, Pangasinan 3rd Rep. Rose Marie Arenas, Tarlac 2nd Dist. Rep. Victor Yap, Manila 3rd Dist. Rep. John Marvin Nieto, Quezon City 6th Dist. Rep. Kit Belmonte, Albay 1st Dist. Rep. Edcel Lagman, Northern Samar 1st Dist. Rep. Raul Daza, Zamboanga del Norte 3rd Dist. Rep. Isagani Amatong, Zamboanga City 2nd Dist. Rep. Manuel Jose Dalipe, Agusan del Norte 2nd Dist. Rep. Erlpe John Amante, and Cagayan de Oro City 1st Dist. Rep. Rolando Uy.

One of the cases concerned their alleged conspiracy with regional and local Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) leaders in the killing of Carlito Bayudang on May 6, 2004.

The other pertained to their alleged involvement in the death of Jimmy Peralta, whom prosecutors say was intentionally ran over by a car on December 23, 2003.

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