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CA nullifies DOJ body probing Reyes brothers

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Family, relatives and supporters of Dr. Gerry Ortega picket at the Court of Appeals in to urge the CA to uphold the arrest warrants issued by the Puerto prinsesa regional Trial Court against ex-Palawan Governor Joel Reyes and Coron Mayor Mario Reyes. The CA issued a ruling Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, nullifying the murder case against the brothers. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Court of Appeals nullified the body created to investigate the involvement of former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes and brother Coron Mayor Mario Reyes in the death of broadcaster Gerry Ortega and set aside its ruling finding probable cause to charge the two with murder.

Acting on the petition filed by Mario Reyes, the court said Justice Secretary Leila De Lima committed grave abuse of discretion when she created the second panel of investigators through Department Order 710 despite the existence of a first panel that recommended the dismissal of murder case against the Reyes brothers.

This was contained in a 36-page decision by the appeals court special 5th division through Associate Justice Leoncia Real-Dimagiba,

On June 8, 2011, the first panel of prosecutors dismissed for insufficiency of evidence the murder complaint against the Reyes brothers. Patria Gloria Inocencio Ortega, wife of Gerry Ortega sought a re-investigation of the case which was denied by the panel prompting her to file a petition for review before the Secretary of Justice.

On September 2011, De Lima issued DO 710 creating a new set of panel of prosecutors to re-investigate the case against the Reyes brothers. The panel ordered the brothers to submit counter-affidavits on the murder complaint against them. On March 20, 2012, the panel eventually filed the case before the court. The Palawan Regional Trial Court then issued a warrant for their arrest.

The Reyes brothers filed separate petitions with the Court of Appeals assailing the creation of the second DOJ body and issuing a resolution charging them with murder.

In its ruling, the appeals court said De Lima created the second body without modifying the findings of the first panel which is in violation of the Rules of Court.

The appeals court said they recognize the power of the Justice Secretary to reinvestigate a case if it deems necessary but the reinvestigation shall be conducted by the original investigator designated to handle the case “unless for compelling reason, another prosecutor is designated to conduct the same.” In this case, however, the appeals court said they could not find any compelling reason to create a second body.

The appeals court said the second body modified the findings of the first panel, a power vested solely on the Secretary of Justice.

“It behoves upon the Secretary of Justice to adhere to the Rules of Procedure the DoJ promulgated for orderly and effective administration of justice otherwise the vast power of the Secretary of Justice would be susceptible of abuse. Scary! With all its resources it behoves upon the State to balance the scales in what would otherwise be an uneven contest between an individual versus the State,” the appeals court said.

Ferdinand Topacio, lawyer of the Reyes brothers, said “let us respect the courts.”

“We have always submitted ourselves to the legal processes, as have they. So they must respect it.”

“If they cannot respect the decisions of the agencies comprising our justice system, then they should not participate in these legal proceedings,” Topacio said.

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  • oraman

    Talo na naman ang DOJ ano ba yan?!!!

    • fiveoclock

      lagi naman ganyan…kasi balita lang sa newspaper pinapatulan agad…..sana alamin mismo kung TOTOO o HINDI …. at saka dapat HWAG maging ONE-SIDED…..yan tuloy BUTATA na naman DOJ…..kakahiya at sayang lang pera ni Juan dela Cruz…..

  • acidicboy

    so this is the judicial reforms this administration has been pushing for?  nice going.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    Tsk.tsk.. what’s happening to our justice system?

  • carlorocci

    Mauuna lang sa balita, ehhh, post agad….kahit walang detalye…..Ehhh, bakit naman na-nullify? Sige nga,  

  • pinoyyouth

    shame to Sec. De Lima. hope she return to law school and learn her lessons.

    • Jerry

      another incompetent fool trying to react from his shallow brains. do urself a favor, research ka muna at read the facts at balik ka dito para magreact. You are just insulting the other youths who are intelligent in deciphering ano ang tama sa mali. 

  • jadejones2012

    PNOY, the incompetent president.

    Si GMA lang yata ang kaya mong ipakulong.

    The Filipinos are sick and tired of you.

    I’m sure matutuwa ang taong bayan kung mamamatay ka na.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GG4T5UNZ3P7SCHSRNJ7PF5JZMM Jimmy

      Babae ka ba talaga… o isa kang hindi malaman kung tao o hayop…!!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_A7PQXB4HHZB7KH4BXK7LJXGNOY Mike

       mas matutuwa kami kung ikaw ang mamamatay..yun mga tulad mo ang salot sa bayan

      • jaygibi

        mas salot k s bayan..

    • barangayboso

      I’m sure you wouldn’t like it when someone curses at your mom..

    • Jerry

       Nakakatawa naman reactions nyo.  Wala ka na bang matino na reaction dyan. mas matuwa nga kami na tulad mo na sobrang BOBO at baka nabayaran ang mawala sa mundo–one less stupid individual.

      • jaygibi

        ikaw ang bobo gaya ni abnoy.. lacierda ikaw ba yan? hanap ulet kayo ng makakasuhan masabi lang na may ginagawa kayo.. mga bobo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • adelpaddemar

        si topacio ba ito?o si hitler?

    • adelpaddemar

      good morning po.sino kaya ang magandang ilagay sa pagkapresidente para mabawasan na ang galit mo?kay GMA ba ick and tired ang filipino at gusto mo na din mamatay si GMA?nagtatanong lang po.wag high blood.

    • jamesgeorge

      your statement showed your lack of understanding of our judicial system and that’s to say mildly of what goes on in your mind! The CA, by its record are full of hoodlums in robes! But, their reversal of the finding of probable cause is just temporary and showed that there are manipulators with a lot of money transferring hands to corrupt judges! So, hija, I hope at least this explanation would enlighten you about what’s going on and next time avoid showing ignorance and moronic statements so as not reveal your mind’s state of confusion,huh, magbasa muna ulit at mag-analyze at very important, magtanong kung tama ang konklusyon mo! ok? sige,wag ka ng uulit ha?

    • joshmale2004

      Don’t presume your wish is the wish of the whole country. We are not part of your evil wish for the President to die. Yan ba talaga ang gusto mo bilang kristiyano? 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BAB6DVV4NZVHGBX7F2AX2DNOGE Dom Fredrick

    why can’t the government do it right? It’s a shame losing a case due to technicality and not on the merits.

    • jaygibi

      that’s what they call “incompetent people with incompetent/abnoy president..

      • Jerry

        Huwag nga kayong magbulag bulagan. Napakabobo ng mga reactions nyo.

        The judiciary works independently from the executive at bawal mag influence ang executive nor the legislative body sa judiciary.  So each time may kapalpakan kayong nakikita sa justice system natin, sa president i-blame. Dapat alam mo nyan.  Kung hindi bobo nga talaga kayo. 

      • jaygibi

        hindi kami bulag..sinong maniniwala sayo n independent ang judiciary? kabobohan.. bengador ang abnoy niyong presidente.. gusto magpasikat, kaso dun, kaso dito, kaya lang puro palpak kasi puro pamumulitika ang alam.. yan ang tunay na bobo..

        Lacierda ikaw ba yan?

      • adelpaddemar

        kung sabagay nung panahon ni GMA nangyari din iyang pagka independent kuno ng judiciary.este indi ka nga pala naniniwala na independent iyon.ilan ba na appoint ni GMA sa judiciary?pakibilang po ha,

      • jamesgeorge

        your statement showed your lack of understanding of our judicial system and that’s to say mildly of what goes on in your mind! The CA, by its record are full of hoodlums in robes! But, their reversal of the finding of probable cause is just temporary and showed that there are manipulators with a lot of money transferring hands to corrupt judges! So, hija, I hope at least this explanation would enlighten you about what’s going on and next time avoid showing ignorance and moronic statements so as not reveal your mind’s state of confusion,huh, magbasa muna ulit at mag-analyze at very important, magtanong kung tama ang konklusyon mo! ok? sige,wag ka ng uulit ha?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GG4T5UNZ3P7SCHSRNJ7PF5JZMM Jimmy

    Yong kaso laban sa mga reyes ay maliwanag pa sa sikat ng araw…!!!! Paki- publish nyo nga  yong disesyon at ng makita natin ang katwiran nila..!!! Palagay ko yong mga nagdesisyon na mga taga CA ay binayaran o tinakot…!!!!!!!  Sira sira na yata ang hustisya sa Pinas….!!!!

    • jaygibi

      sabihin mo puro sira ang nasa gobyerno ni abnoy.. hindi na inalintana ang merit ng kaso masabi lang na may kinasuhan at may maipagyabang.. incompetent talaga…

  • otoling

    Style yan.

    Papa-uwiin muna ang alleged na mga akusado tapusssss saka malalaman ang talagang charges.  Imposiblen magkamali sila DeLima; they are competent than the CA justices because they are the that did the dirtey filed work,m conducted and researched about the case.

    Reviewer lang lang ang CA (na mga gagoooo), na nakakitang loopholes sa procedures hinde sasubstance ng kaso.

  • otoling

    Hintayin nating lumutang ang mga Reyeses.  Tignan natin kung magsisilutang sila in 45 days.

    Pag hinde sila lulutang sa loob ng 15 days ay nangangamba pa rin sila na talagang they are guilty. 

  • jaygibi

    basta masabi lang na may kinasuhan, hindi na tinitingnan ang merit ng kaso.. 

  • otoling

    I strongly believe that these guys are guilty beyond doubt.  Hinde puedeng magkamali ang DOJ, bihira.

    Sa CA ako natatakot na sobrang pa sa kawali na lutuan ng paksiuyyssw sa linis ang gustong mangyari sa naisampang kaso sa Reseyes.

    Kaya nga hinde matapus-tapus ang hearing sa Ampatuans dahil dyan sa mga ganyang arte at aktuasyun ng mga  judges na parang palaging nagmamalinis (ganuong naman napaka-dumi nila), na nagpapa-kita na arte na kuno-kuno, kuno-kuno.

    Tama Joker sa sinabi niya yesterday- konsetrate sa “main suspeks”.  Mabagal ang judge sa Ampatuans, maaring “bobo”- walang alam at walang pakiramdam ng takbo ng “times”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fred-Mil/100002160424509 Fred Mil

    This is actually brilliant!!!!

    Pag lumutang ang Reyes brothers, pwede na sila i monitor at palabasan ng bagong warrant at hold departure order.

    Pag hindi naman sila lumabas, eh magmumukhang guilty sila.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GZZ67F7G4MHK2K5SJHN4EJKN3M erica

       Am not a lawyer but i guess this is double jeopardy pag kinasuhan ulit ang mga Reyes.  The Ortegas might seek the SC help on this case.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fred-Mil/100002160424509 Fred Mil

         i’m not a lawyer as well but i think double jeopardy applies only if the case has been tried and a decision handed down. then you file the same case again.

        i’m not exactly sure which stage in the process of litigation has been reached so that double jeopardy can already be invoked.

        but the Reyes brothers have not even been arrested. and the report says that the basis to file the case was the one nullified. so i can just assume that the process is still in the very early stage

  • $8278216

    Pag aralan muna ng maigi bawat kaso bago isampa sa corte,,,so, paano na naman ang kasong ito,ma ddismis ng dahil sa tiknikalidad,,,,hinde ba matibay ang mga buhay na mga tistigo at mga katibayan?…alalahanin ninyo na ang mga taong bayan ang nag ngingitngit sa mga nangyayari sa hustisya dyan sa pinas, may araw na ilalagay na sa sariling kamay ng mga naagrabiyado ang hustisya sa kawalan ng tiwala sa mga nagpapatupad nito lalo na ang mga maliliit.

  • otoling

    kung naniniwala sila (Reyeses) na pantay ang labang sa panahun ni PNoy – lumutang sila! 
    Wag silang matakot.  Pero kung talagang binaboy nila ang mga bilyoness na pera sa Malampaya, etc, atbp. that led na pinapatay nga nila si Ortega – wag na silang lumutang dahil they are already guilty sa mata ng mga taombayan. Sa mata ng korte na mga buwisit ay huwag na dahil mga buwisit sila tulad sila ni Corona. Mga buwisit sila.

    Magkakanser sana lahat ng lahi ninyo mga Reseyes!

    • wakats

      Otoling, lulutang talaga mga reyeses kasi absuelto na sila ng CA. ang natalo ay si de lima, pang limang talo na nya. dapat sa secretary, mag review ng mga batas natin – unahin nya ang pag-aaral kesa pagyayabang. nakakahiya naman ang ginawa nya na nag mamarunong… 

  • aldhins

    Nakaka dismaya ang Justice system sa ating bansa :(  kaya ibang tao nilalagay na lang sa kamay nila pag hanap ng hustisya pwedi pala takasan ang batas tapos mag hintay muna ma junk yung kaso saka lulutang.

  • kilabot

    kala ko malakas ang ebidensya. apog pala ni delima malakas. magagalit nanaman si noykapon nyan, ubo ubo ubo!

    • otoling

      Malakas ang kaso in terms of evidence – meron kumanta na tao na siya mismo ang involved.

      Hinde puede maging mahina ang kaso ng DOJ before silang binigyan ng “warrant of arrest”. Hinde!

      Kung meron peraangReyes, magkakabayaran yan.

    • Karabkatab

      wala pang ebidensyang pinag uusapan dito adre. technicalities ang ground, basahin mo maigi igan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5RIC5Q365IR3UKNGXMBM2N36LE Ricardo

    walang mainam dyan kung hindi lumutang na ang mga reyes na yan kung talagang wala silang kasalanan sa palawan.  Tingnan natin kung gaano katapang ang mga iyan.

  • carlorocci

    Bwesit naman itong balita na ito kulang sa detalye. Bakit na-nullify? dahil ba sa technicality? o Ano ang dahilan?

  • Badudels

    ano ito nag kabayaran ulet?

  • carlorocci

    Ayon pala abuse of discretion by Sec. De Lima, nabasa ko sa kabila. For the benefit and information of readers of this website, posting no details. 

     “In its ruling, the appellate court said that while the creation of the second panel and the order for reinvestigation are within the authority of the Secretary of Justice, there was grave abuse of discretion when she created the second panel instead of acting on respondents’ petition for review.The appellate court also ruled that there was grave abuse on the part of the second panel “when it exceeded the authority vested upon it by the Secretary of Justice which was to assess the admissibility of the additional evidence submitted during the investigation, but issued a resolution modifying the resolution of the original investigating panel, which it did not have the authority to, as the same rests exclusively with the Secretary of Justice.””[T]he creation of… [second] panel was tainted with grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack or excess of jurisdiction, the same is hereby declared null and void. Wherefore, the creation of… [second] panel being null and void, the resolution dated 12 March 2012 is set aside and nullified,” the appellate court said.”

    • tarikan

      Why, there is a simple solution to that (pardon me I’m no lawyer buti na lang..hehe). DoJ secretary should and must create a third panel and should start from scratch. Mahilig sa technicality ang CA ang maliit na bagay pinapalaki…ang barya binubuo (limpak-limpak pa hehe). 

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        “DoJ secretary should and must create a third panel and should start from scratch.”

        pero hindi ba ito ang problema.

        parang nangyayari ay gumagawa na mga additional hakbang upang mas lalong madiin ang mga akusado, diba?

        dapat, patas ang laban, kung gagawa ka ng panel, dapat #1 susunod lamang sa mandate nito. #2 pag nag kagawa ka na nag investigating panel once, iyon na iyon. anything more is using extra ordinary and unlimited powers of the government to persecute people defending in their limited resources. and that pertains to all people. including kung sino ang nasasakdal sa article na ito.

      • puza65

        ganyan naman lagi pag may pambayad kayang baligtarin ang kaso kahit nahatulan….ilan na ba ang mga krimen na nababaligtad dahil lang nababayaran sila….

  • edwin525

    We’ve kicked Presidents and went through revolutions… but really if there’s ONE BIG PROBLEM that the people should be concerned, its OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM.

  • regd

    Pag mahirap yung akusado, kulong agad! May pa-display display pa sa mga reporter kung baga convicted agad! Pag mayaman ang akusado, sa teknikalidad, bumabaligtad! PHUTRAGIS!

  • Magsasaka

    pukang nang mga aso talaga sa court of appeals 

    • otoling

      Next to Marcos and after Marcos and his military, yan ang natutuhan ng mga tao sa justice department.

      One goal of our Justices ang mag-payaman tulad ng hinde mai-paliwanang (ng malinaw at balido) ni Corona kung saan galing ang mga pera niya.

      Maaring hinde lahat ng justices sa CA ay korapt, pero I think 70 percent they are korapt to the bones. 

      • Magsasaka

        baka kamo 99 percent

  • saintleonardo

    Malaki na naman ang nakuha ng mga natitirang kabig ni little fake president at thief justice. Ilang milyon dolyar ba? Ang kapal ng mga mukha.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/hbRkpPw1oYTBJamz.EH7acMZBBVoIlWXriA-#e4348 Felix

    Maybe in the spirit of Christmas, gifts exchanged hands early.

    • http://twitter.com/greenherrings Juan Dela Cruz

      Very likely. Reyes made billions of illegal mining and Malampaya. 

  • PCD_2012

    Always our Judicial Branch is the WEAKEST LINK!

  • dodong1

    babalik na kami sa palawan yippeeeee yung ang reaction ng mga reyes brothers…pera pera lang yan….MALASWA MALASWA TALAGA DAHIL NI ISANG POLITIKONG BULOK WALA PANG NAKUKULONG…JUSTICE SYSTEM BA ANG TAWAG DYAN???

  • tarikan

    Another one bites the dust, ano CA? Merry X-mas!!!

  • saintleonardo

    CA is the millionnaire factory. Ano ang ginagawa ng Ombudsman at new Supreme Court? Follow the money trail.

    • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

       Ummm no.

      Sabi nga, De Lima should have followed proper procedure.

      Para pag ni review, tama ang processo.

      Di naman tama na in the interest of justice, we abuse our mandate, by going beyond it, then curse at everyone when someone points our mistake, dba.

  • Timothy Te-Co

    What the…???!!!!! Very sure si Ate Leila e…very sure….anlupet nga nya sa mga presscon…di ba kayo naimpluwensyahan man lang ni Leila gurl?!!! Paglumutang ang mga Reyes siguradong ibang hustisya na ang haharapin nila, yung di na dadaan sa teknikalidad…..Paker naman o…

  • Timothy Te-Co

    Eh baka sa presscon lang malakas ang kaso pero dun sa pagcomply sa pagsasampa ng batas e hari ng sablay ang gumawa? Justice for Doc Gerry!!!

  • OleSapra aka ARGUS


    ANA: “Ay, anong klaseng TOKWA ba ‘yan! Magkanong dahilan bakit pinawalang-bisa ng Court of Appeals ang arrest warrant ng magkapatid na Reyes na umano’y murderers?”

    LISA: “Talagang hindi matatawarang makamandag pa rin ang majority ng CA Justices na pawang appointed ni Ate Glo, o, ‘di ba? Tulad ni suspected plunderer Ben Abalos, bukod sa pinag-piyansa, eh bakit pinayagan din ng Korte na mag-abroad?”

    CION: “Siempre, parang mga retired generals ‘yang mga huwes na hunghang, a la boy scout na pinaghahandaang maige ang kanilang pagreretiro sa pamamagitan ng BRIBE MONEY bilang pabaon, o, ‘di ba?”   

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6NVJE4NYLGDSCO6KQ4GWP35SVM Macario

    Pag-refile ang kaso, di naman double jeopardy? In the interest of justice wag nyong masabi-sabi (though expected sa defense) na double jeopardy dahil wala pang fisrt jeopardy….Obvious na may kasalanan sila dahil flight is indicative of guilt…bat magsisitakas ang mga yan kung di guilty? Ano gagawin nila sa ibang bansa, makikigamit ng kubeta?

    • oraman

      para lang si Lacson yan tumakas tapos bumalik ng ma-dismiss ang kaso…LOL

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Kaya walang napo-promote na SC justice coming from the court of appeals eh!
    Magsi file na kayo ng early retirement!
    Put in new blood.  Restore the dignity of CA.

  • Sinugba


  • blainz

    SALNs, income tax returns, and lifestyle checks for all judges, starting with the CA.

  • wakats


    Sec. de Lima today said she’ll discuss with gov’t lawyers the steps to take on the CA Ruling nullifying the 2nd panel of investigators on Ortega slay case after the 1st panel came out with a resolution on June 8, 2011 dismissing, for insufficiency of evidence, the murder complaint against the Reyes brothers.

    Mrs. Patria Ortega, widow of Gerry Ortega, sought a re-investigation by the DOJ of her husband’s slay case.  In September, 2011, de Lima issued DO 710 creating a new set of Panel to re-investigate the Ortega case, which then required the Reyes brothers to submit their counter-affidavits.  Eventually, the 2nd Panel filed the case to the Palawan RTC which then issued warrants of arrest against the Reyes brothers that forced them to flee the country.

    The counsel of Mario Reyes filed a petition with the Court of Appeals questioning the legality of the findings of the 2nd panel, which was sustained.  The CA ruled that the DOJ committed a grave abuse of discretion when she created the 2nd Panel through DO 710 despite the existence of a 1st Panel recommendation for dismissal which was not modified by the 2nd Panel in violation of the Rules of Court.

    A pretty good case…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JWRQ2XRQNZ75OA2AGDSFO5NZO4 Aaron Cruz

    Mga taga-Maynila lang naman ang naniniwala sa mga paratang sa reyes brothers. Kami dito sa Puerto princesa alam namin na wala silang kasalanan. hindi sila ang may gawa. kaya dapat lang talaga na madismiss yan, dapat noon pa..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DLDZYEH5HRC7BRQSZEDPPYCVQY Abarrane Bautista

    Media lang ang nagpalaki ng isyu na ang magkapatid ang mastermind. Tama yang decision ng CA. Scary ang ginawa ng DOJ. Kung sa iyo mangyari, anong laban mo sa gobierno diba?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FIXUR67OTR4PCU2NJS5AUNLQIE Ace Mendoza


    • wakats

      Ace, me bayag pala si topacio…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FIXUR67OTR4PCU2NJS5AUNLQIE Ace Mendoza

    kung ayaw niyo ng di paborableng desisyon, mag gawa na lang kayo ng sarili nyong justice system… yung puro pabor lang sa gus2 nyo… wag na magtingin sa ebidensya… kung ano lang gus2 ntin YUN NA! reklamo kau ng reklamo

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FIXUR67OTR4PCU2NJS5AUNLQIE Ace Mendoza

    We have always submitted ourselves to the legal processes, as have they. So they must respect it. Tama nga naman!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WSZ7TWD5LT75Z4YYGJP5OLSWJQ Nerissa Cabanillas

    nakita nyo ang apelyido ng Justice? REAL-DIMAGIBA….. totoong hindi magigiba ang katotohanan….. kaya katotothanan prin ang mananaig sa huli! mabuhay kayo court of appeals

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W5QA7OZKQ4B4XBHST22ZIZZPBY Adelbert Andrada

    GOD BLESS Reyes Brothers!!!!!! See u soon in Palawan!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ITQHLPOBQHSM5OIEKPJ3WJUYXA Jasmine Aquino

    We’re in Palawan for a vacation, most drivers told us the Reyes brothers are good people, media perceived them to be bad men. Reyes were good leaders, Palawenos believe there are some forces out there who want Reyeses out of politics – and they succeed. The brothers have not filed their COCs. Perception outside Palawan is so different from what media reported against the Reyes. Sad…. Palawenos are happy now to know that justice prevailed.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7MNQT22OPVCHT3LSVAZZIENHKQ Kimberly Salazar

    PNP, NBI, MILITARY  – – – – – get the real mastermind!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K4CFU6PCUNJNF5DV4EYNQZRMGE Mariel Dela cruz

    Hindi naman talaga si Reyes ang utak nito. Kaya hindi nagulat nang mabalitang dismiss ang kaso. Ang dapat idismiss alam nyo ba kung ano? Yung bunganga ng mga taratitat. Ngawa ng ngawa, akala mo kung sino magagaling… hehehe… bokya…. hehehe

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZEXA4XHUAXYV45CKKTRV5A3RPQ Adonis Castillo

    the lesson here is next time don’t get a bading lawyer hahahahahahaha, paglalaruan ang kaso mo. in the end NGANGA!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SK5FPEUGN7MPN2MVVOW5RLUJZI Justine Castro

    Pag nanatalo ang pinoy napakaraming scapegoat kesyu nabayaran ang judge, mayaman ang kalaban, malakas kay ganito ganun…. ewan…. panu mo naman maipapanalo ang kasong sa cmula pa lang sablay na at tadtad ng inconsistencies ng mga kasama sa krimen? ibabasura talaga yan ng CA

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OLBO2VGEMM3FTASB4YOIWYMK5I Margaret Dela vega

    The Reyeses have finally got justice! Kudos to the Court of Appeals!

  • http://twitter.com/riverswan Marcus Swanepoel

    I am always of wary of court decisions that involve technicalities when it is a case against powerful politicians. The fact that the Reyes brothers had forged passports made and escaped the country illegally says a lot. 

  • Yudi Puga

    Bakit ang report na to di sinulat ni dempto anda? hahahaha! dahil ba napahiya siya at nabisto na bias siya? Alam naman ng lahat ng taga palawan sino ang totoong mastermind. si anda lang ang nagbubulag bulagan dahil my piring na salapi ang mata nya. kawawang anda!

  • http://twitter.com/greenherrings Juan Dela Cruz

    This is the reason a “mastermind” has never been convicted in the Philippines even though it is the most dangerous place in the world for journalists after Iraq. The elite can buy their way out even when there is damning evidence against them. Where there is no accountability, there is abuse. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/sum.substance Sum Substance

    Because of that De Lima resolution, the real mastermind of the Ortega killing slowly but surely covered his tracks. But the stench cannot be eliminated and City Hall reeks of the foulness of murder.

    Good thing Dempto Anda didnt write this article. Oh I forgot, he gets paid by City Hall not to write about the real story and the undeniable facts of the case. Hey Dempto my old friend, how are you? I told you you were on the wrong side. How bout that coffee at Cafe Itoys? Game?

  • mitch ilano

    A happy day for every Filipino as justice have prevailed!

    It’s a step closer to finding the real masterminds of this severely muddled and politically motivated case. Actually, only the people out of Palawan have been fooled by the lies written by the paid hacks of Mayor Hagedorn – shout out to Redempto Anda and Mike Cohen – hello there! See, the truth always has a way of coming out. Careful now, all your lies will soon hunt you. Halaaaa!

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