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8th ID respects court’s decision for detainee’s medical treatment

By PIA Samar
January 25, 2013

CATBALOGAN CITY – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army respects the decision of the court allowing accused Ericson Acosta to seek medical treatment at the National Kidney Institute in Quezon City.

In a press release by the 8th Infantry Division Public affairs Office (DPAO), it said that Acosta was detained at the Calbayog sub-provincial jail on charges of Illegal Possession of Explosives docketed as Criminal Case # 11-0501 filed at the Regional Trial Court, Branch 41 of Gandara, Samar.

Acosta was apprehended by military troops of 34th Infantry Battalion in the hinterlands of Brgy Bay-ang, San Jorge, Samar on February 13, 2011 for possession of a grenade.

“We respect, out of humanitarian consideration, the decision of the court for treatment of Acosta at the National Kidney Institute in Quezon City,” Cpt Gene Orense, 8th ID spokesman said.

The 8th ID Headquarters through its spokesman added, “whether he is an artist or not is of no concern to us because he was apprehended in the possession of a hand grenade and this is a criminal offense.” (with DPAO-8th ID)