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Barias wants to be set free

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Retired Philippine National Police (PNP) Director Geary Barias made another push before the Sandiganbayan Fourth Division to grant him bail even though the court has already denied with finality his earlier petition.

Atty. Joel Ferrer, a lawyer of Barias, has filed a motion before the court and raised to its attention the Supreme Court Decision dated December 2015 in G.R. Nos. 216007-09 entitled vs. Luzviminda Valdez and the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division.

“In the said case, the Supreme Court further held that since an accused charged with the complex crime of Malversation of Public Funds thru Falsification of Official/Public Documents that involves an amount in excess of P22,000.00 is entitled to bail as a matter of right, a summary hearing on bail application is, therefore unneccessary,” Ferrer explained.

Barias has been charged along with other PNP police officials over the anomalous repair and maintenance of V-150 light armored vehicles from 2007 to 2008 that amounted to more than P385 million.

Ferrer pointed out that, since the case ruled by the Supreme Court is similar to that of Barias, the accused is ” entitled to bail as a matter of right, applying the same ration retio decidendi in the aforementioned case.”

Barias is currently detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame along with his co-accused.