MANILA, Philippines – Pinalalayas na ng Vargas Law Office ang pamunuan ng Philippine National Police na patuloy umuokupa sa sinalakay nilang POGO hub noon pang nakalipas na Lunes, Hunyo 26, sa Las Piñas City.
Sa sulat na ipinadala kina PNP chief Maj. Gen. Edgar Alan Okubo, hepe ng National Capital Region Police Office, Brig. Gen. Sidney Hernia ng PNP-Anti Cybercrime Group at Mag. Gen. Jon Arnaldo, ng PNP Directorate for Intelligence, sinabi ni Atty. Ananias Christian G. Vargas na marami nang pang-aabuso ất paglabag sa karapatan ng kanyang kliyente ang ginawa ng PNP.
“By the time you receive this letter, it would have been at least seven (7) days since you stormed the premises of my client, Xinchuang Network Technologies Inc., on mere suspicions of acts of human trafficking through online means,” ani Vargas sa kanilang sultan.
“As you are very well aware, on June 30, 2023; Inquest proceedings have been conducted and concluded over certain foreign nationals that you randomly picked from among those whom you continuously detain within the premises of our client.”
“Never mind that these foreign nationals are not among those who are named in the Search Warrants and the Warrants to Search, Seize, and Examine Computer Data dated 26 June 2023 – which is a procedural lapse that will be the subject of a different proceeding – but the fact that the inquest proceedings have been concluded, young implementation of the search warrants and WSSECD’s has thus unquestionably ended,” sabi ni Vargas.
Ang tanggapan aniya ng kanyang kliyente ay hindi isang detention facility ng Bureau of Immigration, lalo ang gawain ng naturang kagawaran ay labas na rin sa trabaho ng PNP.
“As you are yet to produce any evidence of the crimes that you have been publicly imputing against my client, the urgency of acting upon your suspicions has undoubtedly lapsed. Hence, your opinion that the foreign nationals that your are detaining as ‘victims,’ in need of rescue remain, simply, as such a mere opinion.”
“Worse, we have been validated reports and witnesses who will prove that you destroyed properties belonging to my client, including CCTV cameras, door locks, and other fixtures and items, and the one hundred twenty four safety deposit boxes or vaults that you removed from the premises and forcibly opened, but which are not even the subject of the warrants that you implemented,” anang liham.
Ipinagdiinan ni Vargas na ang patuloy na pag-kumander ng PNP sa lugar ng kanyang kliyente ay malaking sa operasyon ng opisina. “And deprivation of business and property without due process of law, not to mention and arbitrary and illegal detention of the persons that you continue to hold hostage therein.”
Bukod sa tatlong heneral, ang sulat ng Vargas Law ay ipinadala rin kina Presidential Legal Counsel, dating Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile; PNP chief Gen. Benjamin Acorda, Jr., Justice Secretary Buying Remulla, DILG Sec. Benjamin Abalos, Jr.; Defense Sec. Gilbert Teodoro; Napolcom vice-chairman Alberto Bernardo, BI Commissioner Norman Tansinco; PAGCOR Chairman Alejandro Tengco and PAGCOR president Juanito Sansa, Jr.
Bukod sa mga binanggit na isyu ni Vargas, marami pang pang-aabuso ang lumabas są social media, partikular na ang umano’y pananakit sa ilang banyaga na hindi rin pinayagang dalhin sa hospital. RNT/LB