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fredo Gabin lr. Rodel's widow Gertie had not
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Iustin Batocabe" Rodelt son, said explicitly commented on the is-
murder is a non-bailable offense. sug but her recent Facebook post
Gabin condemned the court hinted on her reaction against
order, saying a witness had Baldo's freedom.
positively identified Baldo as the "Our family had been through
mastermind. so much pain and injustice. We try
Mag;sasaka party-list Rep. fugel [tol endure it with quiet dignity
Cabatbat also condemned "in the and when our faith alters, we pray
strongest sense" the court's deci- more," she said.
sion to release Baldo. "l once asked a priest why it is
"Despite the overwhelming easier for evil men to triumph and
amount of evidence presented the ones who d6 good things are
against him, which includes a usuallytaken bythe Lord. He sim-
confession from the gunman ply ansWered'so they havc enough
himself, Baldo was still allowed time to repenti" she added.
to post bail. As a lawyer who Iustin earlier said in a statement
followed this case closely, I can- that their family feels "a mix of
not imagine the amount of legal anget shock and dejection" over
maneuvering that happened the court's decision.
to make this travesty even re- He added that he would file
motely possible," Cabatbat said a motion for reconsideration to
iq a statement. blockthe release of Baldo.
'This is a mockery of our crimi- JAIME PITAPIL
nal justice system, a disgusting AND GLEE JALEA

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