Army admits posting bail for Jonas ‘abductor’

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A military official over the weekend admitted that the Philippine Army facilitated the posting of bail of the army major linked to the abduction of missing activist Jonas Burgos as he confirmed that the latter is still on active duty.

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Army chief Lt. Gen. Noel Cobales on Sunday stressed that Maj. Harry Baliaga Jr. remains innocent until proven guilty and deserves all the help his command could provide pending the resolution of the case.

“He has not been relieved from active duty. He needs to work, he is not guilty yet,” Cobales explained.

Coballes admitted that they provided the P40,000 bail posted by Baliaga last Friday in exchange for his temporary liberty.

“We can help him as member [of the Philippine Army],” Coballes said.

“If he wants he can refund the money. We are open to him as long as he not yet guilty,” the army official said.

Coballes also clarified that Baliaga did not surrender to the court, as he did not escape to evade arrest.

Baliaga said that it was the Army command that advised Baliaga to post bail.

Baliaga and four other unidentified persons were charged with arbitrary detention before the Quezon City Regional Trial Court following the issuance of a 14-page review resolution of the Department of Justice that found probable cause for the filing of the said charges.

The court has set the arraignment on November 12.

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