DOJ Ok’s ‘Warrantless’ Arrest of Teacher Who Offers P50M for Duterte’s Life
The Department of Justice (DOJ) approved the warrantless arrest of the teacher for offering P50 million on Facebook for killing President Duterte.
The inquest prosecutor General Ben Malcontento said Friday, approves the warrantless arrest of the Ronnel Mas, a 25-year-old public school teacher in Zambalez who was charged with inciting to sedition.
The charges might be filed next week in Zambales as Mas would spend more weekend in jail. Article 125 of the Revised Penal Code imposes a deadline which should last for 12 hours, 18 hours, or 36 hours depending on the offense.
However, on Mas’ case the deadline has lapsed and he cannot post a bail until the charge is filed in court. He need not to wait for the inquest resolution before he can post bail, Malcontento said.
“That’s his call and the call of his defense team because from the start that is bailable,” Malconteto said after asked for another way to post bail. Filing a petition for bail before a court, or a petition for the writ of habeas corpus, are the other possible way to post bail without being charged, based on the report of Rappler.
Mas was one of the arrested social media users after posting about killing President Duteter. Offering a huge amount ranging to P50 million to P100 million, which they did not have on hand, in exchange of Duterte’s life.
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