MANILA, Nov 10 (Mabuhay) – A brother of the dismissed police captain who was killed after taking hostage a busload of Hong Kong tourists on August 23 asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday to drop the charges against him.

Appearing at the first hearing of his case at the DOJ in Manila, Senior Police Officer 2 Gregorio Mendoza protested his innocence of the charge conspiracy to commit serious illegal detention filed against him by the Manila Police District.

Mendoza, 52, was accused by his fellow policemen of helping his brother, slain hostage-taker Rolando Mendoza, in plotting the hostage-taking.

“I was at home when the hostage-taking happened. My neighbors could attest to that,” Mendoza told reporters after the preliminary investigation.

He also appealed to authorities to stop dragging his family into the “problems caused by this incident.”

“I asked the authorities to put an end to this issue. Anyway, I’m already back in government service and I intend to fulfill my duties to the best of my ability,” he said.

Represented by Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Acosta, Mendoza subscribed to his counter-affidavit before state prosecutor Vimar Barcellano.

Barcellano gave Mendoza’s camp until November 17 to submit the statements of his witnesses and other evidence.

According to Barcellano, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima issued a department order directing him to handle the cases against Mendoza that were filed with the Manila prosecutor’s office.

Acosta said she already filed a motion asking a Manila metropolitan trial court to dismiss the case for serious disobedience against Mendoza.

She said they would also answer the separate illegal possession of firearms case against her client. (MNS)