Arles slay trial moved to QC court

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Monday, July 21, 2014


THE Supreme Court granted the petition of Philip Arles to transfer the trial venue for the murder case of his father, then Kabankalan City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Henry Arles.

The trial of the former judge's murder case has been moved to Quezon City from Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.

Deputy Division Clerk of Court Teresita Aquino in a resolution dated June 9, 2014, granted the petition to transfer the venue of the murder case.

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The High Tribunal also directed the clerk of court of the Kabankalan RTC Branch 61 to forward the entire records of the criminal case to the office of the clerk of court in the Quezon City RTC.

The SC as well directed the executive judge of Quezon RTC to raffle the said case among the branches and the judge to whom the case will be raffled to try and decide the case with dispatch.

Lawyer Frank Britanico, spokesperson of the Arles family, said the transfer of the trial venue “would tend to lessen the intimidation and pressure that the witnesses experienced.”

Arles was gunned down by men riding in tandem while he was on his way home in Barangay Manalad highway in Ilog, Negros Occidental on April 24, 2012.

He was the presiding judge of Kabankalan RTC Branch 61 at the time of his death.

On November 19, 2012, the Department of Justice (DOJ) dismissed the murder complaint filed by the Arles siblings against former Negros Occidental Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez Jr. and his son, former Ilog mayor and now vice mayor John Paul, and Cauayan Vice Mayor Jerry Tabujara, the alleged masterminds, due to insufficient evidence.

However, the DOJ recommended the filing of the same case against seven other respondents, including six members of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade.

The other respondents were RPA-ABB members Marvin Salve, Gerald
Tabujara, Jessie Daguia, Eddie Fortunado, Alejandro Capunong, and Rustom Puro; and Emanuel Medes, a casual employee of the municipal government of Ilog.

The Arles family has a pending motion for reconsideration before the DOJ on its ruling to dismiss the murder complaint against the Alvarez father and son, and Tabujara.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 21, 2014.

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