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CA voids DOJ 2nd panel's findings on Ortega murder

MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals has nullified the findings of the Department of Justice's second panel that re-investigated the murder case against former Palawan governor Joel Reyes and his brother Mario, implicating the two in the killing of environmentalist Gerardo Ortega.

In a radio interview, Reyeses legal counsel, Ferdinand Topacio, said the CA's Special 5th Division declared null and void the findings of the second investigating panel created by the DOJ regarding the Ortega murder case.

"So iyong findings ng unang panel na nagpapawalang-sala sa magkapatid na Reyes among other persons, iyon dapat umiral ngayon," Topacio said.

Topacio said he has no communication with the Reyes brothers who have reportedly left the country and are now in hiding.

"Ang aking komunikasyon lamang po ay kay Vice governor Fems Reyes na may-bahay po ni dating Palawan governor Joel Reyes," he said.

Topacio also urged his clients to surface with the latest developments on the case so they could plan their next legal action.



  • stepehenyan@12[email protected] PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Warrant vs Reyes brothers stays pending motion for reconsideration - De Lima

    MANILA, Philippines -- The arrest warrants against former Palawan governor Joel Reyes and his brother Mario, mayor of Coron, still stand despite the Court of Appeals?€™ decision effectively dropping charges against them for allegedly ordering the murder of broadcaster Gerardo Ortega, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Wednesday.

    "The warrants stay because the CA decision is not yet final," De Lima said, adding she has asked the Office of the Solicitor General to file a motion for reconsideration on the decision.

    The CA decision nullified De Lima?€™s creation of a panel of prosecutors that found probable cause to indict the Reyes brothers on the charges against them.

    This panel replaced an original panel that had cleared the brothers of the accusations.

    However, the CA said De Lima committed ?€œgrave abuse of discretion?€? by creating the second panel without first reviewing and modifying the original panel?€™s findings.


    :lol: ayaw umamin ng pagkatalo!
  • c_brainc_brain PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Ano yun? Napawalang-sala na pero aarestuhin pa rin at ikukulong?
  • stepehenyan@12[email protected] PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Reyes bros not off the hook yet

    Malaca?ang said on Wednesday the arrest warrant and P5 million bounty on former Palawan governor Joel Reyes and his brother, Coron Mayor Mario Reyes, remained in effect despite a Court of Appeals ruling that invalidated the investigation that linked the two men to the 2011 murder of environmentalist Gerry Ortega.

    Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda scoffed at the Court of Appeals ruling that censured Justice Secretary Leila de Lima for abuse of discretion when she created a second panel that overturned the original panel?s findings that cleared the Reyes brothers, and called her action ?scary.?

    ?Why should the Court of Appeals be scared?? Lacierda said, insisting De Lima had the authority to create the second panel. :rolleyes::eek:

    The CA ruling raised the possibility that the murder charges against the two men may eventually be quashed because the panel that re-investigated the case was held invalid.

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