DOJ rules as invalid the warrantless arrest of teacher who threatened life of Duterte

DOJ rules as invalid the warrantless arrest of teacher who threatened life of Duterte

- A statement from the Assistant State Prosecutor revealed that the arrest did not fall within the ambit of warrantless arrests

- Apparently, the arrest that was made in Zambales was without a warrant

- The prosecutor said that the defect of the warrantless arrest, however, was cured when the teacher admitted extrajudicially to having posted the tweet

- The lawyers of Mas are already at the NBI filing for his release, but he will be facing charges for inciting to sedition in relation to cybercrime

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KAMI learned that the Department of Justice has ruled that the warrantless arrest of Ronnel Mas, the teacher who threatened the life of President Duterte on Twitter, was invalid.

Rappler stated that the inquest prosecutor ruled that the arrest was invalid.

According to GMA, in an inquest resolution, Assistant State Prosecutor Jeanette Dacpano, said, "It is undeniable that the arrest of Ronnel Mas made by the NBI-Dagupan operatives does not fall within the ambit of warrantless arrest contemplated by the law."

The resolution added, however, that the defect in the "warrantless arrest" was cured when Mas gave an extrajudicial admission, wherein he admitted posting the incriminatory P50 million reward tweet against the life of the President.

Mas will be indicted for inciting to sedition, in relation to cybercrime, as the prosecutors found probable cause. The Daily Guardian revealed that the lawyers of Mas are already filing for his release.

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In a previous KAMI report, videos of the arrest of Ronne Mas circulated online. He was crying and was apologizing while inside the vehicle.

Inciting to sedition is found in Article 142 of the Revised Penal Code. It states, "any person who, without taking any direct part in the crime of sedition, should incite others to the accomplishment of any of the acts which constitute sedition, by means of speeches, proclamations, writings, emblems, cartoons, banners, or other representations tending to the same end, or upon any person or persons who shall utter seditious words or speeches, write, publish, or circulate scurrilous libels against the Republic of the Philippines or any of the duly constituted authorities thereof, or which tend to disturb or obstruct any lawful officer in executing the functions of his office, or which tend to instigate others to cabal and meet together for unlawful purposes, or which suggest or incite people against the lawful authorities or to disturb the peace of the community, the safety and order of the Government, or who shall knowingly conceal such evil practices."

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