NBI to join hunt vs 4 left­ist ex-law­mak­ers

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MANILA -- Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Me­nardo Gue­varra as­sured that the Na­tional Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (NBI) will help in the en­force­ment of the ar­rest war­rants is­sued by a lower court against for­mer Bayan Muna Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Satur Ocampo and Teodoro "Teddy" Casiño, Rafael Mar­i­ano of Anakpawis, and Liza Maza of Gabriela.

Gue­varra said the NBI will par­tic­i­pate in the serv­ing of the ar­rest war­rants signed by Nueva Ecija, Palayan City Re­gional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 40 Judge Eve­lyn Atienza-Turla on July 11.

“As a law en­force­ment agency, the NBI will help, in com­pli­ance with a war­rant duly is­sued by the court,” Gue­varra said in a text mes­sage sent to re­porters over the week­end.

“All war­rants of ar­rest are ad­dressed to all law en­force­ment of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing the NBI, com­mand­ing them to ar­rest the per­son or the ac­cused wher­ever the lat­ter may be found,” said Gue­varra, adding that there is no need for the DOJ to is­sue a sep­a­rate or­der to the NBI.

Turla re­port­edly is­sued the war­rant of ar­rest based on the case filed in 2006 dur­ing the time of for­mer pres­i­dent and now House Speaker Glo­ria Ma­ca­pa­gal-Ar­royo.

The case, which was filed in 2006 be­fore the Palayan City RTC, stemmed from al­le­ga­tions that they were in­volved in the killings of farm­ers Danilo Felipe, Car­l­ito Bayu­dang and Jimmy Per­alta in 2001 and 2004, re­spec­tively.

Maza is the in­cum­bent chair­per­son of the Na­tional Anti-Poverty Com­mis­sion while Mar­i­ano served as for­mer sec­re­tary of the De­part­ment of Agrar­ian Re­form (DAR).

Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte ap­pointed Mar­i­ano as his first DAR sec­re­tary af­ter his elec­tion in 2016 but the Com­mis­sion on Ap­point­ments re­jected his ap­point­ment on Sept. 6, 2017.

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