The resolution on the complaint filed against Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III will be released within the year, assured Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday (Sept. 17).
“The DOJ prosecutors investigating the matter will have at most 60 days to resolve,” he said during an interview on CNN Philippines.
Meanwhile, the prosecutor handling the case has re-opened the conduct of the preliminary investigation of the complaint filed by former University of Makati law dean Rico Quicho after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed its findings on the investigation it conducted including the submission of the incident reports from Makati Medical Center (MMC) MMC medical director Dr. Saturnino Javier.
Both Quicho and Pimentel were directed to file their comments on the additional evidence submiited by the NBI this Sept. 21.
“Once we receive these comments then the matter is submitted for decision,” Guevarra said
In the complaint he filed on April 6, Quicho said Pimentel should be prosecuted for violating Republic Act 11332, the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Concern Act.
The case concerns Pimentel’s March 24 visit at the Makati Medical Center (MMC) when he accompanied his then pregnant wife even though he was supposed to be under self-quarantine for being suspected of having the COVID-19 virus.
Following his visit, Pimentel confirmed having tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
However, Guevarra said “these incident reports were not submitted by Atty. Quicho in his complaint.”
“So the DOJ was constrained to re-open the preliminary investigation and accepted the additional evidence forwarded by the National Bureau of Investigation,” added Guevarra who noted that Quicho only attached news reports to the complaint.