Ex-Red leader Salas allowed to post bail

March 16, 2020

THE Supreme Court yesterday allowed former communist leader Rodolfo Salas a.k.a ‘Kumander Bilog’ to post bail.  

The SC 3rd Division ordered Salas’ release from incarceration after posting a bail bond of P200,000 before the Manila regional trial court.  

However, the SC turned down his plea for the issuance of a temporary restraining order stopping the Manila RTC from proceeding with his arraignment for multiple murders.  

In a petition for the issuance of a writ of habeas corpus, Salas’ son Jody asked the high court to issue a temporary restraining order stopping the Manila RTC from proceeding with the former communist leader’s arraignment for multiple murders.  

Salas is currently detained at the Manila City Jail.

The Free Legal Assistance Group stressed Salas’ detention was illegal and violative of the constitutional provisions on (1) right to due process as a protection against hasty, malicious, and oppressive prosecutions, and (2)  right against being put twice in jeopardy of punishment for the same offense.”

Salas, 72, was arrested at his residence in Barangay Balibago around 5:50 a.m. last February 18.

He was arrested on the strength of the warrant of arrest issued by Judge Thelma Bunyi-Medina of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 32 in Manila.

Salas, along with at least 30 other communist leaders and NPA rebels, have been charged in court with 29 counts of murder in connection with the Inopacan massacre in Leyte in the 1980s.

The Inopacan massacre was believed to be a mass purging suspected military informers carried out by the NPA in Leyte in the final years of the Marcos regime.