Thursday, 02 February 2012 00:00
The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Tuesday extended the 72-hour temporary restraining order (TRO) to 20 days, stopping the Office of the President (OP) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) from proceeding with the investigation on the alleged involvement of dismissed National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Magtanggol Gatdula on the abduction and extortion of Japanese national Noriyo Ohara in October last year.
The NBI, which is the Philippines' premier investigating body, is an attached agency of the DOJ.
"The court finds that the extension of the 72-hour TRO already issued is warranted. However, in as much as the said TRO expired yesterday, January 30, 2012, Court hereby grants the prayer for the issuance of a TRO effective for a period of 20 days," Manila RTC Judge Felixberto Olalia said in the order.
Olalia also required Gatdula to pay a cash bond of P100,000 before the TRO can take effect.
He said that the bond is "conditioned that if later, petition by virtue of a final judgment may be denied, bail will be forfeited in favor of the government."
The RTC set the next hearing on Feb. 16, 2012 to determine if the TRO will be made permanent.
Gatdula filed an urgent petition for certiorari and prohibition before the Manila RTC after he was dismissed as NBI Director and was recommended to be subjected to a preliminary investigation for kidnapping and serious illegal detention.
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