DoJ to summon ‘coup plotters’ in rebellion raps
Quezon City (17 October) -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) will summon the businessmen, military officers and others who have been charged with rebellion for their alleged participation in a failed coup in February, a government lawyer said Tuesday.
Assistant Chief State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon said they have constituted a panel to conduct a preliminary investigation on the complaint filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
Senior State Prosecutor Deaea Perez heads the panel whose members include State Prosecutors Melvin Abad, Geronimo Sy, Liezel Morales, and Tofel Austria.
"Records of the case have already been forwarded to them," Fadullon said, adding that the panel will issue the summons against the respondents.
Based on the complaint, the suspects continued to recruit members for their anti-Arroyo movement even after an attempt to oust the President had failed.
They even used 3G phones showing the image of Querubin and Lim to entice enlisted personnel, the complaint said.
Further investigation showed that the renegade members of the military have planned to attack and control the Batasan Complex to force lawmakers holding office in the building to look at the "Hello Garci" issue and other controversies surrounding the Arroyo government.
The complaint used as basis testimonies of San Juan, Bumidang, and Navy Lieutenant Kiram Sadava. (PIA) [top]