Mr aguirre actually mr chair the position of the nbi

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MR. AGUIRRE. Actually, Mr. Chair, the position of the NBI is that despite the grant of immunity, they have still pre-charged and it’s up to them later to raise it as a defense or it is for the court to order that they drop from the list of the accused. That’s the stand of the NBI. SEN. DRILON. I will not ask for your stand because at this point the question may be raised before you in due course. Or are you willing to take that position, to state your position today? MR. AGUIRRE. Actually, I will be inhibiting from that proceedings because of what I did in connection with the House investigation hearing. I was the one who conducted the direct and so I think it’s but proper for me to inhibit myself from further proceedings with respect to those cases. SEN. DRILON. So you will not be called upon to rule on that issue because you will inhibit? MR. AGUIRRE. Yes, Mr. Chair. SEN. DRILON. But I ask you then, since you are inhibiting, what is your view? 251
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COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC ORDER AND DANGEROUS DRUGS JOINT WITH THE COMMITTEE ON JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS GESapinoso V-3 November 23, 2016 3:20 p.m. 6 MR. AGUIRRE. My view is that since they were given immunity, they should be given immunity. The immunity must be enforced. In other words, they shouldn’t be charged anymore. But that’s my interpretation of the law. SEN. DRILON. That is not binding on the investigating fiscal. MR. AGUIRRE. That’s right. SEN. DRILON. Or the courts? MR. AGUIRRE. Or the courts, that’s right, Mr. Chair. SEN. DRILON. Thank you, Mr. Chair. THE CHAIRMAN (SEN. LACSON). Senator de Lima, please. SEN. DE LIMA. Thank you, Mr. Chair. I have questions for Mr. Alcoba, for Warden Bardillon, for Police Chief Superintendent Lara and PCI Laraga. And if PO3 Abellanosa is also here, I would have questions also for him. I understand that PO3 Abellanosa was the deponent in the application for search warrant filed by PCI Laraga. So may I know if PO3 Abellanosa has been invited and he is present today? MR. MARCOS. Yes, ma’am, nandito po siya. Nasa comfort room lang po, ma’am. SEN. DE LIMA. Nandito po siya. Okay. So kay Mr. Alcoba muna po. 252
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COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC ORDER AND DANGEROUS DRUGS JOINT WITH THE COMMITTEE ON JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS GESapinoso V-3 November 23, 2016 3:20 p.m. 7 Mr. Alcoba, good afternoon po sa inyo. Your presence there at the Leyte Sub-Provincial Jail at the time of the incident, in what capacity was this? Is it in your capacity as a regular news reporter or is it because you were one of the designated witnesses for the search proceedings? MR. ALCOBA. Well, Your Honor, I was acting as a news stringer for GMA and currently I am based in Baybay City. So when my asset told me about what happened with Mayor Espinosa, I went straight ahead that early morning. SEN. DE LIMA. Anong oras niyo pong nalaman tungkol doon sa insidente? So wala ho kayong prior notice or prior knowledge about that search, about that operations?
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