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Hi­zon, to­gether with Rex Ma­narang Ron­quillo, Elvin Men­doza Reyes, PO1 Eu­gene Sag­cal, PO3 Den­nis O. Maraña, PO2 Candy Talao, PO Man­la­paz and PSI Nar­ciso Zin­galawa, Jr. were named re­spon­dents in the com­plained filed by Cortez on Jan­uary 24.

In the res­o­lu­tion signed by As­sis­tant City Pros­e­cu­tor J.T. Leonard San­tos and ap­proved by City Pros­e­cu­tor Giselle Marie Geron­imo dated March 22, 2019, the charges of ar­bi­trary de­ten­tion, un­law­ful ar­rest, grave co­er­cion, un­just vex­a­tion, theft and vi­o­la­tion of RA 7438 or the law defin­ing the rights of a per­son ar­rested, de­tained or un­der cus­to­dial in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the du­ties of ar­rest­ing, de­tain­ing and in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers, against the re­spon­dents were dis­missed.

The case stemmed from an in­ci­dent that tran­spired on Novem­ber 15, 2018 when Cortez went to a Christ­mas party for senior cit­i­zens at the cov­ered court of Barangay Maimpis in this cap­i­tal city.

Cortez, 34, who was then em­ployed in the of­fice of City Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, al­leged that he was wrong­fully ac­cused, ar­rested and de­tained when he “was only per­form­ing my du­ties as ad­vance party of the vice­mayor.”

How­ever, the Of­fice of the Pros­e­cu­tor ruled the dis­missal of all the charges af­ter it found “no suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to es­tab­lish the prob­a­ble cause” for the said char ges.

“The com­plainant, herein, in his ef­forts to mis­lead the un­der­signed in­ves­ti­gat­ing pros­e­cu­tor, com­mit­ted false­hood in the In­ves­ti­ga­tion Data Form that is made un­der oath. He states that his com­plaint is not re­lated to an­other case in this Of­fice, when in fact, there has been an in­quest pro­ceed­ing against him be­fore this Of­fice. Had it not for the ci­ta­tion of the re­spon­dents of the pre­vi­ous case, the same would have been mis­led of the le­gal­ity of his ar­rest,” the res­o­lu­tion read.

The res­o­lu­tion noted that there were no prob­a­ble cause to file for ar­bi­trary de­ten­tion, un­law­ful ar­rest, grave co­er­cion, un­just vex­a­tion and theft charges as the ac­tions of re­spon­dents were all re­lated to the orig­i­nal case filed by Hi­zon against Cortez.

Hi­zon, for her part, ex­pressed joy over the dis­missal of the charges against her and fel­low re­spon­dents which, she said, were only fruits of fab­ri­cated sto­ries made to mis­lead the court and the pub­lic.

“We are talk­ing about truth, hon­esty and in­tegrity here. They could have just ad­mit­ted that they have done wrong, but they chose to im­pli­cate other peo­ple just to ad­vance what­ever mo­tive they have,” Hi­zon said.

Hi­zon said she and her le­gal coun­sel will still be study­ing their next move in re­la­tion to the case, es­pe­cially that the al­le­ga­tions thrown can be clas­si­fied as m al i ci ou s.

Mean­while, Hi­zon said the orig­i­nal case she filed against Cortez is still on­go­ing in court.

Asked if her vice-may­oralty bid is af­fected by the charges, Hi­zon said: “Never has and never will. I am not one to use such cases for my per­sonal gain. These are two dif­fer­ent things.”

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