MANILA - (UPDATE) The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) denied the bid to recommit former Rep. Satur Ocampo for murder charges.
Branch 32 denied the prosecution's motion for the issuance of recommitment order against Ocampo dated June 13, 2019.
In the order penned by Presiding Judge Thelma Bunyi-Medina, the motion was denied after the Court found no reason to issue a recommitment order against Ocampo.
"He was granted provisional liberty by the Supreme Court pursuant to its resolution in Saturnino C. Ocampo versus Honorable Ephrem S. Abando, et. al., wherein, among others, it ruled that 'xxx Saturnino C. Ocampo shall remain on temporary liberty under the same bail granted by this Court until the termination of the proceedings before the RTC Manila," the order said.
Ocampo, ACT Teachers party-list Rep. France Castro, and 15 others were stopped at a police checkpoint in Talaingod, Davao del Norte in November 2018 after they were found carrying 14 minors who were reportedly students of Salugpungan School.
They were later released on bail.