Fil-Am asks DOJ to subpoena Ayala Columns officer

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 29 2012 12:16 PM | Updated as of Nov 30 2012 03:16 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The preliminary investigation into drug charges against 33-year-old Fil-Am Kevin Bryan Hills continued at the Department of Justice on Thursday.

Officers of complainant Philippine National Police Anti-illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) filed their reply affidavits to the counter-affidavit filed by respondent in the last hearing.

Hills, through counsel, requested that a new subpoena be issued on the property management officer of Columns Tower 2, Ayala Avenue, Barangay Bel-Air, Makati City, where the alleged raid that yielded 10 kilos of of shabu worth P50 million took place.

Atty. Raymond Palad, Hills' counsel, told investigating Prosecution Atty. Ana Doreen Devanadera that the presence of the subpoenaed witness will help establish that no drug "test buy" occurred on November 7 at the said location, which served as the basis for the application of the search warrant.

Devanadera granted Hills' request to subpoena the above-stated officer anew, after the condominium's management informed the panel that its representative could not appear in Thursday's hearing due to previous commitments. She, however, pointed out that the DOJ only has subpoena powers over parties to the case, not on witnesses.

Palad manifested that Hills will not question his possible prolonged detention beyond the 15-day period mandated by law following his warrantless arrest. This, after Devanadera expressed apprehension that setting another hearing day for the condominium property management officer to appear will prolong the resolution of the case.

"We will not question continued detention. Even if ma-delay (release of Hills), ok with us as long as ma-clear issues," Palad said.

Devanadera also asked Hills' lawyer to put in writing their request for access to his still sealed condominium unit.

Complainant, AIDSOTF, meantime, submitted the macro etching of the Pajero vehicle's chassis and engine numbers by the PNP Crime Laboratory. AIDSOTF stressed that the test would establish that the vehicle, now held in evidence, is the same vehicle where the main bulk of the illegal drugs was recovered during the Nov. 20 raid.

AIDSOTF is set to submit the official registration record of the subject Pajero on Tuesday.

The next hearing on the case is set on Monday.