Di man lang nag-hearing: Tacloban judge faces raps for freeing suspected human traffickers
The Office of the Ombudsman has charged Tacloban City regional trial court (RTC) Judge Crisologo Bitas of graft for allowing bail to two persons without conducting any hearing over non-bailable human trafficking offenses.
The Ombudsman filed the graft case before the Sandiganbayan after finding probable cause to indict him.
Under the case, the Ombudsman accused Bitas of acting with evident bad faith, and manifest partiality when he granted the bail of Danilo Miralles and Lynna Brito.
Miralles and Brito were facing before the court charges of qualified trafficking under the Anti-Trafficking of Persons Act of 2003.
The Ombudsman pointed out the bail was granted without any hearing being conducted despite the fact that the offense the two are facing are non-bailable and punishable by life imprisonment.