A retired police general is allegedly the protector of suspected swindler Ramon Barried Leonor, who managed to get out of jail over the weekend after his arrest in Quezon City last Friday.
Leonor, who is facing a string of estafa and qualified theft charges in various courts, was nabbed by agents of the Quezon City Police District-Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (QCPD-CIDU) for the bailable offense of violation against women and their children (VAWC).
The CIDU head, Chief Insp. Rodel Marcelo, said Leonor was captured by virtue of a warrant of arrest issued against him by a Caloocan City (Metro Manila) for the offense.
Upon checking, however, it was found out that the detainee is facing similar warrants for other offenses.
Marcelo told The Manila Times that Leonor, through his lawyer, posted a bail of P2,000 for the VAWC charge and was able to present release orders issued by various courts.
“He was released by the QC Regional Trial Court Branch 33 after posting bail. We cannot hold him because even his previous warrants are already covered by release orders from the courts,” the police official said.
The CIDU profiled Leonor and found out that he was charged for estafa in Malolos City (Bulacan) and Batas Pambansa (BP) 22 (Bouncing Check Lw) in Pasig City (Metro Manila).
“But he already posted bail for the estafa case early this year while in the BP 22 case, he was able to produce a release order,” Marcelo said.
“They arranged everything last Friday and the duty court allowed him to go free the day after. It happens,” he added.
But Leonor’s former live-in partner, who granted an interview on the condition that she would not be named, alleged that a retired police general may have pulled some strings to set him free.
“[The general] is his associate in his land deals. We know that he [Leonor] also fronts for [the general],” said the complainant, who slapped the VAWC case against the alleged swindler besides the latest counts of estafa she just filed.
Leonor was slapped with the VAWC complaint after allegedly beating up his live-in partner in January 2014 when the then-pregnant victim confronted him for loaning the property of the girl’s family without them knowing it. There is another VAWC case filed before a Quezon City Court against the same respondent.
“I started crying and asked him paano na ko and mga kapatid ko [what will happen to my brothers and sisters]and that’s it, he just slapped me and pushed me away and told me to stop or else hindi niya ibabalik [he will not return the property]. Tinakot pa niya ko [He even threatened] that he will tell my siblings para palayasin ako at wala ako choice kung hindi sumunod sa kanya [so they will kick me out. I had no choice but to follow his demand]. I was nearly eight months’ pregnant at the time,” said the victim, who spoke on condition that she not be named for security reasons.
“Things got worst because every time I asked him if he already fixed the problem and redeemed the property, he’d burst out in anger and hurt me again until I experienced pre-term labor,” she added.
Leonor allegedly owned One National Realty and One Glad that are involved in property development and Tradefocus, a company engaged in the sale of herbal medicines and coffee.
It turned out, however, that the property business was a scam because it involved questionable lands.
Leonor’s name also does not appear in the companies’ registration papers.
Besides criminal case Number 900-M-15, the estafa cases against Leonor are docketed as IS Number 14J-9397 and IS Number 15K-12168.