Kulong pa din! QC court denies Manalo’s motion to fix bail
Felix Nathaniel “Angel” Manalo will have more days in prison.
This was after a Quezon City court junked his motion to fix bail in relation to his illegal possession of firearms case.
In an order dated November 20, Judge Luisito Cortez of QC Regional Trial Court (QC-RTC) Branch 85 said Manalo was “undoubtedly not entitled to bail as a matter of right.”
“It should be noted that the admission of the Amended Information dated Oct. 9, 2017, resulted in the upgrade of the case against the accused to one degree higher from reclusion temporal to reclusion perpetua to reclusion perpetua to death, which makes it a capital offense, saving of course when in the course of trial, the evidence of guilt is not strong against him, only then can he be considered (for) bail,” Cortez explained.
He was referring to the admission of the prosecution of failure to state in its original charge that one firearm seized from Manalo’s possession was loaded causing the upgrade of the case to a one degree higher.
Under Section 28 of the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition, a penalty one-degree higher should be imposed on a person found in illegal possession of a loaded firearm.
Angel, the estranged brother of Iglesia ni Cristo executive minister Eduardo Manalo, was arrested along with his nephew Victor Eraño Hemedez and Jonathan Ledesma, over alleged indiscriminate firing of firearms at the INC compound in Tandang Sora.
They are currently detained at the Metro Manila District Jail (MMDJ) in Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig City.