By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Task Force Kasanag (TFK) national commander John Chiong yesterday revealed his letter requesting an investigation into the delayed release from prison for Moises Padilla Vice Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo and her husband, Felix Mathias Yulo, who were jailed on charges of illegal possession of explosives, is currently with the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Chiong earlier said he would bring the matter before the DOJ, saying, “It’s unfortunate that they spent their new year at the detention.”
In his letter, he requested the DOJ to “conduct an investigation regarding the matter, which involves the questionable delays and improprieties in processing the innocent suspect’s quest for swift justice.”
He recounted how the vice mayor and her husband were released last Saturday, despite, the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office release order being issued on December 29, 2017.
“Why was the release order, signed on December 29, 2017, only sent January 6, 2018 after 6:00 in the evening?” he asked.
Chiong also disputed the necessity of the checkpoint, claiming it was “instantly set up when the vice mayor and her husband were on their way to exit the town proper,” along with questioning the origins of the guns, explosives, and suspected drugs.
Last month, Moises Padilla municipal police chief, Police Chief Inspector Alan Reloj, led the arrest of the city official at a police checkpoint, where firearms, explosives, and suspected drugs were seized from the Yulos’ vehicle.
The couple later tested negative for illegal drugs and the substance recovered from their vehicle also tested negative for shabu.
According to the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office, the release does not impact the preliminary investigation into the charges filed against the couple./DGB, WDJ