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PNP chief shrugs off Adaza counter charges

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 14:58:00 07/16/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Human Rights lawyer Homobono Adaza was the one who violated the law, not the police, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Avelino Razon Jr. said, as he shrugged off the charges that Adaza had filed against him and several others.

On Wednesday, Adaza filed multiple charges, including illegal detention and violation of the anti-wiretapping law, against Razon before the Ombudsman, over his arrest last July 2 on suspicion of plotting a coup d’etat.

“Who violated the law? Who committed the offense? It was Attorney Homobono Adaza, not the police,” Razon said in a chance interview with reporters at Camp Aguinaldo on the same day.

“If we will be charged for doing our job, so be it. We are used to that,” the PNP chief added.

Adaza and four others, Army Lieutenant Colonel Oscarlito Mapalo, retired Colonels Ernie Amboy and Cesar dela Peña, and police Superintendent Rafael Cardeño, were arrested at a Pasig City mall and were later charged with proposal to commit coup d’etat.

Except for Mapalo, who is on trial before a military court, and Cardeño, who is facing murder charges, Adaza and the others who were arrested with him were released on bail.

The charges stemmed from a complaint by lawyer Raymond Fortun, who claimed that Adaza’s group had planned a coup d’etat and sought out his Japanese-businessman client’s support.

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