CHR chief 'rescues' RCBC massacre suspect

Posted at 11/20/08 3:54 PM

Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairwoman Leila de Lima "rescued" a witness in the massacre of suspects in the bloody RCBC massacre in Sta. Rosa, Laguna last May.

De Lima on Thursday led a CHR team to fetch Jake Javier in Batangas province and brought him directly to the Philippine National Police headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

De Lima fetched Javier after being served with a warrant of arrest issued by the Biñan, Laguna Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 24.

The arrest order was based on the robbery and homicide case filed by the police against Javier in connection with the RCBC massacre, where 10 bank clients and employees were killed.

The CHR head refused to hand Javier over to the police's Task Force RCBC. She said Javier is the CHR's witness to the summary execution of three RCBC suspects in Tanauan City.

Javier's father, Vivencio Javier, was one of the three RCBC suspects killed by policemen in an alleged shootout that took place days after the bloody bank robbery.

Instead of allowing the Task Force RCBC arrest Javier, de Lima delivered him to PNP chief Director General Jesus Verzosa in Camp Crame.

De Lima asked Verzosa to form a team that would protect and bring Javier to Biñan RTC.

Verzosa, meanwhile, said that the PNP would have to leave it to the courts to decide on where Javier should be detained.

The  PNP, in a statement, said Javier would have to file a motion to the court requesting his transfer to the Custodial Center in Camp Crame.