MANILA - Rebel leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon will remain at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center in Camp Crame after a judge thumbed down a request to transfer them to a different jail.
This was the decision of Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 32 Judge Thelma Bunyi Medina in a court hearing earlier today for the multiple murder case against the couple as well as the motion filed by the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to transfer them to a detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa or a city jail in Metro Manila.
Benito Tiamzon is the chairman of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) while Wilma Tiamzon is the secretary general and finance officer of the CPP.
According to Atty. Rachelle Pastores of the National Union of People's Lawyers, the judge did not grant the PNP-CIDG's request because there was already a commitment order in place which stipulated that the two should be detained at the PNP Custodial Center.
The defense lawyers also asked the court to drop the charges against the couple, saying the charges are based on defective information.
Meanwhile, tension erupted outside of the Manila City Hall after militant groups attempted to block the van transporting the accused back to the custodial center.
Policemen, however, were able to repel the militants.
The groups were calling for the immediate release of the Tiamzons.