By Jeffrey Damicog
The Bulacan Office of the Provincial Prosecutor (OPP) could still appeal the court dismissal of a non-cooperation case against former Anakpawis party-list Rep. Ariel Casilao and six others who were arrested on April 19 for violating quarantine rules, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said.
“OPP-Bulacan may file a motion for partial reconsideration,” Guevarra said on Wednesday (June 10).
Recently, Judge Julie Rita Suarez-Badillo of the Municipal Trial Court (MTC) in Norzagaray, Bulacan dismissed the charge of non-cooperation under Section 9 (d) of Republic Act No. 11332, the law on the mandatory reporting of notifiable diseases.
Despite the dismissal of the case, the justice secretary said Casilao and his co-accused are still facing other charges in court.
“As to the charges of inciting to sedition and usurpation of authority, the indictment stands and the arraignment of the accused has been scheduled this month,” he added.
Guevarra noted Casilao and his co-accused are scheduled for arraignment this June 24.
The six Anakpawis members who were on their way to distribute relief goods were arrested at a checkpoint in Norzagaray, Bulacan for failing to present a quarantine pass or permit to travel in violation of quarantine rules.
Casilao, who appeared later at the police station for those arrested, was also arrested.