• Bail hearing for extortion incident canceled anew

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    FOR the fifth time, proceedings of a bail petition filed by policemen involved in an alleged extortion incident in Mandaluyong City(Metro Manila) in September 2014 were suspended for lack of an interpreter. Judge Carlos Valenzuela of Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court Branch 213 postponed Tuesday’s bail hearing after a Maranao court interpreter for the witnesses and complainants – Samanodin Abdul Gafur and Camal Mama – failed to show up. The 10 policemen – former Chief Insp. Joseph de Vera, former Senior Inspectors Allan Emlano and Oliver Villanueva, ex-Inspector Marco Polo Estrera, ex-Senior Police Officer 1 Ramil Hachero and former Police Officers 2 Jonathan Rodriguez, Jerome Datinguinoo, Mark de Paz, Ebonn Decatoria and Weavin Masa – were charged with kidnapping and serious illegal detention for illegally arresting Gafur and Mama and extorting P1.2 million from them. Both the prosecution and defense panel were requested to provide their own interpreters for the next bail hearing scheduled for March 4.

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