Friday, July 11, 2014

Military mum on dismissal of charges vs Andrea Rosal

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer (Jul 11): Military mum on dismissal of charges vs Andrea Rosal
The military on Friday refused to comment on the court’s decision clearing Andrea Rosal, daughter of New People’s Army spokesperson Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal, of kidnapping and murder charges.

“We cannot yet comment on this particular case. We are still verifying through our [Judge Advocate General's Office] regarding the said court’s resolution and whatever decision it is we will respect it,” military spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala said.

But Zagala added that it doesn’t change the fact that as a key personality of the Southern Tagalog Regional Party Committee, “she is an accessory to all the crimes the NPA in the area has committed.”

“She also hasn’t publicly denied membership in the NPA,” Zagala said.

On Thursday, the Pasig Regional Trial Court dismissed the kidnapping and murder cases against Rosal, saying there was “no basis for Rosal’s inclusion in the indictment for two counts of kidnapping with murder.”

“This court finds that there is no allegation whatsoever that accused Andrea Rosal participated in the abduction and murder of the victims. Neither is there an asseveration that she ordered the kidnapping and killing,” the two-page ruling said.

Last March, authorities arrested the eight-month pregnant Rosal and her companion in Caloocan City. She lost her child due to complications after birth while in the custody of Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.

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