COURT CONVICTS TIAMZON COUPLE FOR KIDNAPPING AND SERIOUS ILLEGAL DETENTION
The Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 216 found the couple, Benito and Wilma Tiamzon who are believed to be top officials of the Communist Party of the Philippines, guilty of kidnapping and serious illegal detention and sentenced them to reclusion perpetua or up to 40 years of imprisonment.
The Tiamzons were also ordered to pay complainant Lieutenant Abraham Claro Casis P75,000 as moral damages; P75,000 as civil indemnity; and P75,000 as exemplary damages.
The cases stemmed from a 1988 case where four soldiers were held captive by the communist group for about two months. Charges were filed in court in 1990, but the Tiamzons were arrested and arraigned only in 2014.
They were convicted on the basis of the testimony of Casis, one of the four soldiers allegedly kidnapped and detained by members of the New People’s Army in Quezon province for 75 days.