North Cotabato lawmaker admits helping alleged priest killers


DAVAO CITY: The controversial lawmaker from North Cotabato, Rep. Nancy Catamco, has admitted providing help to the suspected killers of Italian missionary priest Father Fausto Tentorio. In a text message to the media, Catamco, a member of the ruling Liberal Party, said the family of suspects Robert Ato and his brother, Jimmy, sought for her assistance and she provided them with a lawyer. “The Ato brothers, like other suspects, are entitled under the law, to be represented by counsel during the whole proceedings of criminal investigation,” she said in a message on Sunday. “For in fact, the State is duty bound to provide the services of a counsel for the accused if they cannot afford one. Thus, providing the Ato brothers of the legal services of a lawyer is not a crime.”


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