Ortega lawyer: CA ruling does not clear ex-Palawan governor of murder

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The Court of Appeals building in Ermita, Manila. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/COURT OF APPEALS WEBSITE

MANILA, Philippines—The Court of Appeals decision upholding a petition for certiorari and prohibition filed by former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes does not clear him of murder, the lawyer for Gerry Ortega’s family said.

Noting that the appeals court did not recall the warrant of arrest issued against Reyes, lawyer Alex Avisado Jr. said “the ruling does not in any way absolve the Reyes brothers [Joel Reyes and Coron Mayor Mario Reyes] nor it is final and executory. This is purely legal issue.”

Reyes’ petition questioned Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s order creating a second panel of prosecutors that reviewed and filed the case after an earlier panel ruled to dismiss all evidence against the former governor and most of the accused, including his brother, Coron Mayor Mario Reyes.

In ruling on the petition, the CA invalidated the second panel as well as its finding of probable cause against the Reyes brothers and reinstated the findings of the first panel created also by the DOJ chief which absolves them of criminal liability.

But the appeals court noted that there is a pending petition for review with the DOJ filed by Gerry Ortega’s wife asking for a reversal of the findings of the first panel and file a case in court against the brothers which still needed to be resolved.

“We will file a motion for reconsideration and expect this to reach all the way up to the Supreme Court,” Avisado said.

He also said that any motion for reconsideration they file on the ruling “is not prejudicial to the petition for review” filed by Ortega’s widow. “What remains to be seen is the action of Secretary de Lima.”

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  • mangtom

    This case has the ingredients of a typical high-profile litigation in the country. It is a miracle if it can be resolved in 25 years. That is the Philippine (in)justice system.

  • bogli_anakdami

    … kc, mga flip gung gongs used ‘sang tambaks na greek-latin judicial terms to impress kapwa flip gung gongs…
    … kaya, hayan, di tuloy magkaintindihan… bwi hi hi hi hi… pwi…
    … hay naku flips, puro kayo gung gongs…

  • walang pakundangan

    Madali lang ito i resolve de lima, yung second panel result mo ang pang amend mo sa first panel, di walang lusot yung malaking DAGA na tago ng tago not unless na ikaw ang may pakana de lima dahil dati kang election lawyer ng pugante na si Joel Reyes et al

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Baboy de Lima bungled the case again. She bungled the case against her brods in San Beda Law School. She bungled the case against the Panamanian rapist. She bungled the case against Michael Ray Aquino. She bungled the case against Amalilio. Now with finality, she bungled the case against the Reyes brothers.

    Baboy talaga si de Lima. Lahat ng hinahawakan niya, binababoy niya. Pati hustisya, binaboy niya.

  • Rovingmoron

    Let’s do away with the fraternal relationship among lawyers and government officials. A criminal case is a criminal case per se. What do you want to with it, circumvent the law just because the accused are brothers-in-arms?

  • http://www.facebook.com/edna.rodriguez.73932 Edna Rodriguez

    The RTC judge will soon lift the warrant of arrest kasi wala nang basis ng kaso. Iligal ang panel na nagforward ng complaint sa RTC. The CA and the RTC judge’s action will put the legal process of the Philippines again into the right order of the law. Thanks po sa mga justices at sa judge….

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