DOJ tells Columns: Answer drug suspect's plea
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Justice (DOJ) has required the Ayala Property Management Office (PMO) to comment within 3 days on the motion of drug suspect Kevin Bryan Hills for The Columns to surrender its CCTV footage and security logbook last November 7.
November 7 is the day the supposed "test buy" between Hills and agents of the Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force (AIDSOTF) took place, as claimed by the agency.
The "test buy" served as one of the bases for the application for search warrant before a Makati trial court.
The warrant was implemented on Nov. 20; the raid allegedly yielded 10 kilos worth of shabu worth P50 million. Hills was arrested in that raid, the AIDSOTF claimed.
State Prosecutor (SP) Juan Pedro Navera and Prosecution Atty. (PA) Anna Noreen Devanadera told Ayala PMO, represented by Atty. Bobby Ongsiako, to comment on respondent's motion, after which the motion will be resolved.
Hills' counsel, Atty. Raymond Palad, bared that their request for subpoena duces tecum is intended to prove that no such "test buy" took place.
Hills' camp believes this will bolster their position that the basis for the Nov. 20 raid was flawed even as they maintain the illegal drugs were not in Hills' possession and neither did he own it.
Hills filed his rejoinder affidavit in Monday's meeting, while the AIDSOTF submitted documents to the trial court for the application for search warrant.
Hills also formally manifested his request for the reopening of his sealed Columns condominium unit so that he may surrender the same to the owner as the lease agreement is set to expire on Dec. 5. The DOJ required AIDSOTF to comment on the motion within 3 days.
The next hearing is set on December 12.