Monday, September 28, 2015

Philippine corporal tried in civilian court for shooting death of sergeant

The Cebu Sun Star has this report on a civilian prosecution for the shooting death of an NCO:
REGIONAL Trial Court Judge Estela Alma Singco yesterday convicted a military officer for shooting to death his senior official in 2009. 
Singco, of the RTC Branch 12, found Corporal Jesusito Bayang guilty of homicide for shooting Sgt. Romeo Mendez last Sept. 4, 2009. The judge sentenced Bayang to spend six to 12 years in jail. 
“In this case, accused (Bayang) failed to sufficiently prove his claim of irresistible force or uncontrolled fear for his life,” read Singco’s 14-page judgment. 
Defense lawyer Rameses Villagonzalo said they will file a motion for reconsideration. 
Bayang shot dead Mendez inside the mess hall of the 7th Finance Service Unit at Camp Lapu-Lapu, headquarters of Central Command (Centcom) in Barangay Apas, Cebu City. 
Bayang was charged with murder, but the Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor later downgraded the case to homicide.

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