Tuesday, March 28, 2006


Broadcast network ABS-CBN secured a restraining order from the Court of Appeals to temporarily stop the Department of Justice from investigating complaints of reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide and multiple physical injuries filed by victims of the deadly Ultra stampede in February.

CA Special 13th Division Justice Arturo Tayag granted the TRO and set a hearing for ABS-CBN's petition for a writ of preliminary injuction on April 24th.

ABS-CBN laywer Atty. Regis Puno claimed that the DOJ is biased because of Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez' statement that owners of ABS-CBN may be held liable for the stampede.

"It's not for them to say that. Let the CA say it," Puno said in an interview yesterday during the resumption of the preliminary investigation at the DOJ.

DOJ panel head Senior State Prosecutor Leo Dacera maintained that his panel is impartial. But said they have no recourse but to follow the court's order.

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