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Palace: Gatdula can still defend his innocence

MALACAÑANG said on Sunday said former National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Director Magtanggol Gatdula can still defend his himself at the preliminary investigation of the reported involvement of NBI agencies in the alleged kidnapping of a Japanese woman.

Deputy Presidential Spokesman Abigail Valte gave the assurance in an interview with the government-run Radyo ng Bayan when asked whether charges were being prepared against Gatdula.

Valte said a preliminary investigation has been recommended, and the “first step” in the process would be to determine the culpability of those allegedly involved in the case.

Asked what would happen if Gatdula is later cleared of the allegations against him, Valte said, “That would come out in the proceedings.

Remember, a preliminary investigation would look for probable cause. He would be given a chance to defend himself.” She added that the results of the preliminary investigation “would be released to the public,” especially given the attention that the case had generated.

 

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