Saturday, December 16, 2017

Mailap ang hustisya: QC court acquits soldier in Jonas Burgos case

This is a sad day for the family of missing activist Jonas Burgos.

Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 216 acquitted Philippine Army Major Harry Baliaga Jr. who was accused of abducting Burgos 10 years ago.

The court found Baliaga not guilty of arbitrary detention charges for the disappearance of Burgos in a mall in Quezon City in 2007.

It said that the evidence presented by the prosecution was only based on hearsay and there was no sufficient circumstantial evidence to prove that Baliaga is guilty.

Baliaga is now freed after posting bail.

“The only circumstantial evidence presented by the prosecution was the discovery that the vehicle, with plate no. TAB-194 was earlier apprehended and later impounded at the 5th Infantry Battalion located at San Mateo, Norzagaray, Bulacan, where the accused, Harry Baliaga, Jr., was previously assigned,” the decision stated.

“Even if admitted, however, the circumstantial evidence standing alone will not reach the quantum of proof required to overcome the constitutional presumption of innocence,” it added.

Burgos’ mother, Edita, expressed sadness over the court’s decision but vowed to pursue justice for his son.

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