Fabricated charges against Doc Naty dismissed over lack of due process

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Last March 30 the Bayugan City Regional Trial Court dismissed trumped up charges of kidnapping and illegal detention against Dra. Natividad Castro, known as Doc Naty. According to the court, the police violated Doc Naty’s rights for due process and that it has no jurisdiction over her. Thus, she was released from the Agusan del Sur Provincial Jail where she was held for 40 days.

The court opined that Doc Naty was deprived of due process because she did not receive a subpoena before she was served a warrant of arrest. She was also not given an opportunity to defend herself in a preliminary investigation, which is a “violation of substantive rights.” Even the warrant of arrest presented to Doc Naty was in a different name.

Fabricated charges against Doc Naty dismissed over lack of due process
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