By Nancy Carvajal
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) wants the judge of a Taguig court to inhibit after allowing two suspects for kidnapping, child abuse and carnapping to post bail.
In a 12-page motion to inhibit, the NBI said Judge Byron San Pedro’s inhibition from the case of Edizon Baradia Jr. and Anthony Ordonez “to promote the administration of justice.”
The NBI questioned San Pedro’s impartiality after he allowed Baradia and Ordonez to post a P350,000 bail in March.
“In the interest of justice and fair play, complainants herein humbly beg for the inhibition of Honorable Presiding Judge Byron G. San Pedro since we lose confidence in impartiality of the Honorable Judge,” the NBI said.
San Pedro said Baradia should be allowed to post bail because the prosecution’s evidence of guilt against him was “weak” and there was no direct proof that he committed the offenses he was accused of.
The prosecution also failed to establish the suspects’ identities, the judge added.
The NBI, however, said in their petition that the suspects, who posed as agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, were positively identified by the victims they allegedly kidnapped.
The bureau also questioned why San Pedro allowed the suspects to post bail without allowing other witnesses in the case to testify in court.
The NBI said the witnesses have been placed in danger now that the suspects have been released.
“It appears that there is danger of the partiality, bias and prejudice in favor of the accused Baradia and Ordonez for the reason that the honorable judge declared that the evidence is weak without consideration of the testimonies of positive identification of the accused by victims-witnesses, during their court testimonies,” the bureau said.