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The criminal case against NAIA staffs has been dismissed by the Department of Justice (DOJ), including four airport police officers, in connection with the alleged "laglag-bala" modus operandi at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
No probable cause was found by the DOJ to charge Office of Transportation Security employees Maria Elma Cena and Marvin Garcia, and Chief Inspector Adriano Junio, SPO2 Rolando Clarin, SPO4 Ramon Bernardo, and SPO2 Romy Navarro, all of the Philippine National Police Airport Security Group according to a resolution by Associate Prosecution Attorney Honey Rose Delgado.

Complaints of planting evidence in breach of the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act were filed against Cena and Garcia by Eloisa Zoleta and her son, and an American missionary Lane Michael White.

While the airport police officers were accused of robbery/extortion, graft and breach of the law on the rights of detained persons.

"We believe complainant White that the .22 cal ammunition found inside his luggage is not his... However, we cannot say with certainty that it was respondents Cena and Garcia who inserted or placed the ammunition inside complainant's luggage", the DOJ said.
They (DOJ) also said that there was not enough proof to file a case against Clarin, and fellows CInsp. Adriano Junio, SPO4 Romy Navarro, and SPO4 Ramon Bernando.

The DOJ also doubted it if Bernardo's statement, "Kawawa naman yung bata masisira ang buhay niyan, kung ako sayo ma'am tulungan niyo na," was sufficient to say there was demand for money.

Source: GMA News

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