Palace: Maza may return to work

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 14 2018 03:14 PM | Updated as of Aug 14 2018 04:17 PM

Teddy Casino (from left to right), Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza and Rafael Mariano (Makabayan4) answer questions during a press conference in Quezon City, a day after murder charges filed against them were dropped by Judge Trece Wenceslao of the Cabanatuan Regional Trial Court. Jire Carreon, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Malacañang on Tuesday welcomed the junking of murder charges against National Anti-Poverty Commission convenor Liza Maza, saying the official may now return to work.

The Cabanatuan City Regional Trial Court Branch 28, citing insufficient evidence, granted a motion dismissing the case and the arrest warrants against Maza and former leftist congressmen Satur Ocampo, Teddy Casiño, and Rafael Mariano.

“That proves that the legal system is working. We are happy that Sec. Liza Maza can come back to work. Now that she has no outstanding warrant of arrest, I suppose she can go back to work,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing.

The camp of the leftist leaders, also known as Batasan 4, earlier claimed that the case was filed to discourage dissent during the time of then-President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Separate rebellion and disqualification cases based on the witnesses' statements were earlier dismissed, they noted.