PNP respects court nod on Daraga mayor’s bail
MANILA -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday said it respects the decision of the Legazpi City Regional Trial Court (RTC) to grant bail to Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo. “As the premier law enforcement agency, the PNP bows to the majesty of the law and accepts the court decision allowing Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo to post bail. We shall monitor his movements from time to time and account for his presence during court hearings,” said Senior Supt. Bernard Banac, PNP spokesperson, in a message sent to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) when sought for comment. The Daraga mayor is under the custody of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) for alleged illegal possession of firearms, ammunition, and explosives. On Tuesday, the court allowed Baldo to post a P3M bail for his temporary liberty. Baldo is also accused of being the mastermind in the killing of Ako Bicol Party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe and his escort, Senior Police Officer 1 Orlando Diaz in Burgos, Daraga, Albay last December 22. Bail is the security given for the release of a person in custody of the law, furnished by him or a bondsman, to guarantee his appearance before any court as required under the conditions specified. As of this posting, the beleaguered mayor is still at the Legazpi City police office, awaiting release from CIDG custody. (A facebook post claims he has been released yesterday afternoon –Editor) Last week, RTC Branch 10 Judge Maria Theresa Loquillano issued a gag order to both the CIDG and Baldo’s lawyers against discussing the merits of the case in public.