MANILA - Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) top leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon refused to enter a not guilty plea to several 1988 cases filed against them.
This will automatically allow the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 81 to enter a not guilty plea for the couple arrested in Cebu last month.
In refusing to enter a plea, the lawyers noted the Tiamzons were not informed of the specifics of the case in time to prepare for the arraignment. The lawyers said they do not even know the basis of the cases as well as the complainants involved.
The case documents, contained in seven folders, are supposedly based on kidnapping and serious illegal detention cases filed in 1988 for the alleged abduction of Narcotics Command agents and soldiers in Mauban, Quezon.
The Tiamzons requested that they be allowed to remain in detention at Camp Crame.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) considers the Tiamzons as the “center of gravity” of the CPP and its political wing, National Democratic Front (NDF), here in the Philippines.
Besides the Tiamzons, also arrested were colleagues Rex G. Villaflor, Nona C Castillo, Joel E. Enano, Jeosi M. Nepa, and Arlene J Panea. – from a report by Jenny Reyes, ABS-CBN News