A lawyer mulls submitting a movement earlier than the Department of Justice for a present trigger order to members of the media in reference to the leaked sworn assertion of Aegis Juris fratman Marc Anthony Ventura over the hazing death of University of Santo Tomas (UST) regulation freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III.
Paris Real, counsel of Alex Bose, one of many 23 suspects supposedly named by Ventura in his affidavit, has manifested to the panel of prosecutors dealing with the hazing case present trigger order needs to be issued in opposition to members of the media for reporting the contents of Ventura’s affidavit.
He mentioned the sworn assertion of Ventura was speculated to be confidential in nature now that he had been admitted to the witness safety program on the premise of the sworn assertion which they executed.
Real mentioned the sworn assertion had not but been formally submitted to the panel.
“We have prepared a motion practically to at least require the concerned media personalities to explain, show cause why at least no disciplinary actions have been meted out against them or at least that they should have been held criminally liable for violation of Section 7 of the Witness Protection Program Act in light of the fact that the procurement of that particular sworn statement of Mr. Ventura had been done without any written authority from the Department Secretary as well as no written order to that effect in which case that is clearly penalized and a serious violation of Section 7 of the Witness Protection Program Act,” he defined.
“We are not going to sue you, we are not going to take any drastic actions against you. What we are practically saying is that, if the media would want to do something, at least everything has to be done legally especially so that, because of what you did, the respondents especially the innocent ones, have been practically vilified, embarrassed, including the reputation of the respective families so it’s tantamount to online libel,” Real instructed reporters after the listening to on Castillo’s case on Monday.
When requested relating to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II who personally revealed the content material of Ventura’s affidavit, Real answered: “No, there’s a difference between the discussion, at least the announcement of the Secretary which was somehow general and the discussion which have been made on the basis of the sworn affidavit.”
The panel of prosecutors mentioned Real ought to file an official movement earlier than the workplace of the Justice Secretary.
Villanueva mentioned that even the panel has not but acquired the copy of affidavit of Ventura.
Ventura has by no means appeared on the DOJ hearings and has not despatched a counsel to symbolize him.
Last Monday, Ventura didn’t submit his counter-affidavit in response to the felony complaints in opposition to him and different respondents because the panel of prosecutors identified that was the final probability for him to take action.
Ventura had already signed final October 25 a memorandum of settlement with the DOJ to have him positioned below the Witness Protection Program (WPP) as he determined to show state witness over the death of the fraternity’s neophyte.