“Favoritism is injustice.”
With these words, anti-crime crusaders in Bohol filed a protest against the joint move of the Tagbilaran City Jail Management and the camp of Lloyd Lancer Gonzaga, the alleged mastermind of the brutal ambush-murder of Atty. Mia Mascariñas-Green, that “he be transferred to a much better jail.”
“Transferring Lloyd Lancer S. Gonzaga to a less crowded facility without proper basis as established by a duly commissioned and fair body is ‘special treatment,’ said a statement released by the Justice for Mia, Kalinaw sa Bohol Movement.
“And special treatment is injustice,” the group said.
The group appealed to the public and to authorities not to “allow injustice to take a base.”
“Let us not allow and make this case a precedent of cases of suspects of crimes against Boholanos,” the group stressed.
In a strongly-worded statement, the group added: “We must protect Bohol and must not allow things like these to happen. We must not allow injustice to be done or justice to be trampled right in our own home.”
The group disclosed that just a few days after the arrest of Lloyd Lancer S. Gonzaga, “the principal suspect in the barbaric murder of a helpless mother in front of her children, the camp of Lloyd Lancer already requested that he be transferred to the provincial jail which is less crowded.”
The city jail management reportedly argued that for “security reasons and since the city jail is more crowded, Lloyd shall be transferred to the Bohol Provincial Jail, which has a higher fence.”
Shocked and dismayed, the anti-crime crusaders posed a scathing question:
“One of our questions is this – There are far more older inmates in the city jail and how come a new detainee in the name of Lloyd Lancer be the only chosen one who must be transferred to a LESS CROWDED facility?”
The group said: “If the issue is ‘high fence’ the jail management should have recommended this a long time ago. Now, they must request the city government and other proper authorities for a budget for this. Was there a study conducted that concluded that the city jail is below standard or an easy-to-break facility and not anymore safe? Who made such investigation? When? What are the recommendations if any?”
And if the issue is the fence, then “risky inmates” shall not be allowed to roam around until the fence issue is solved. Transferring an inmate to a less crowded place is never a solution, according to the group.
However, the group did not accuse the jail management of receiving bribes for them to consider the transfer of Gonzaga to a better jail facility.
But the group has accused the camp of Gonzaga of “using their influence,” so that there would be a transfer of the venue of court hearings outside Bohol.
“So the family of a Boholano murdered in Bohol can not seek justice in Bohol? And the accused now has the option where he must stay, where his trial should be done, and who shall be the judge and prosecutor who must conduct the trial and make the decision?” the group asked.
Atty. Mia was shot to death by at least six assailants on February 15, 2017 in front of her three young children and their yaya inside the car she was driving, in Dao, Tagbilaran City, en route to her home in Loon, Bohol.
Atty. Mia was the legal counsel of Conrada Blomqvist, mother-in-law of Gonzaga, with whom she is entangled in a property dispute involving a hotel resort in Panglao, Bohol.
Caught in the crossfire of a legal battle between a mother and the husband of her daughter, a helpless, defenseless mother-lawyer was killed by the suspects, in a crime that shocked Boholanos and earned global condemnations.
According to police investigation, Gonzaga immediately surfaced as the alleged mastermind of the brutal killing of a laywer for the poor people in Bohol.
After months of hiding, Gonzaga was arrested the other week in Davao City by the combined operatives of CIDG-7 and CIDG-11 and was brought to Bohol to face multiple charges of murder, frustrated murder, and illegal possession of firearms.
In October 2016, Gonzaga and a certain Romanico Benegian were arrested in Panglao by the CIDG for alleged possession of illegal drugs and firearms.
But a Tagbilaran City prosecutor invalidated the search warrant served by the police on Gonzaga and ordered the release of the suspect from jail.
The move of the fiscal allegedly precipitated the ambush-murder of Atty. Mia on February 15, 2017.