Mahinog, Camiguin – Public Prosecutor Renato Abbu chided Sr. Francis Añover for her non appearance in court hearings and for her "unexplained" failure to present some of the accused in court on Tuesday during the continuation of trial in the unlawful occupation case filed by the municipal government and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) against illegal settlers living in Mantigue islet.
Añover, a religious sister of mercy based in Tacloban City, is a custodian of forty- seven (47) accused who were temporarily freed on her (Añover) recognizance. In her motion for bail on recognizance which was granted by the municipal trial court presided by Judge Eduardo E. Chan, Añover had promised to the court that she will show up and all the accused in every hearing.
Under the Revised Rules on Criminal Procedure, recognizance involves the release of an accused without bail to refutable person in the community.
According to her emissary, Añover is on six-month study leave in Manila.
"How could she have performed her function as custodian when she is studying in Manila," Abbu told the court.
The prosecution panel had asked the court to issue a show cause order against Añover and other accused to explain reasons for not attending the court hearings.
The next hearing will be on January 12, 2010. (Homer R. Jajalla, Mahinog Information Office)