Cops ask judge to keep LP candidate Lim in jail
Philippine Daily Inquirer
THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE has asked a Makati City court to recall its order allowing detained senatorial candidate and suspected mutineer Danilo Lim to appear in public forums.
Citing lack of security personnel, the PNP Legal Service filed an urgent motion on Friday seeking the revocation of the temporary pass that Judge Elmo Alameda of Regional Trial Court Branch 150 had issued to Lim.
In filing the motion, the PNP also asked Alameda to cancel Lim’s temporary travel pass to Cagayan de Oro City on March 8 and 9.
“Without being unmindful nor defiant, this center… cannot readily comply to the urgency of the directive… to provide such number of security escorts to Lim,” Supt. Cesar Magsino said in a three-page manifestation, a copy of which was obtained by the Inquirer yesterday.
Magsino, head of the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City, said the detention center “does not have a sufficient number of security escorts” as his men “have been deployed for other court hearings and purposes.”
Lim, who is being held at the jail for his role in the takeover of the Peninsula Manila in 2007, was supposed to attend a speaking engagement in Quezon City last Thursday after the court granted his request, but he was not allowed to leave his cell.
The former Army brigadier general, a Liberal Party guest senatorial candidate, accused his police custodians of arbitrarily defying Alameda’s order.
But Chief Supt. Rommel Heredia, PNP Headquarters Support Service (HSS) chief, said it was practically impossible for them to provide security for Lim as they only received a copy of the court order late Wednesday afternoon.
“The revised rules of court provides that the notice of hearing shall be served in such a manner as to ensure its receipt by the other party at least three days before the date of hearing,” he pointed out. Marlon Ramos