Arles son asks DOJ to hasten resolution on pa’s murder case

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Saturday, August 2, 2014


THE son of the late Kabankalan City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Henry Arles is asking the Department of Justice to hasten the resolution of the complaint they filed against the suspects behind the killing of his father.

Philip Arles said that the DOJ is unfair in the treatment of cases brought before their office.

He said the dismissal of the rape case filed against actor Vhong Navarro only took about two months while the murder complaint on his father’s death has been pending for more than two years already.

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He said that the DOJ should consider that his father’s case involved a heinous crime.

Judge Arles was gunned down on his way home to Ilog on April 24, 2012.

Arles said that he will personally talk to Justice Secretary Leila De Lima to ask her for the resolution of their case.

Moreover, Arles revealed that the suspects in the killing his father have filed a motion for reconsideration on the Supreme Court decision granting his request to transfer the venue of the hearing of the case.

In a June 9, 2014 resolution, Deputy Division Clerk of Court Teresita Aquino Tuazon granted Arles’ petition to transfer the venue of the murder case from Kabankalan RTC Branch 61 to any of the RTCs in Metro Manila.

Arles said that he doesn't yet know the reason for the motion for reconsideration.

He also urged the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology to closely guard the suspect-inmates in Kabankalan City district jail.

Arles said that they received reports that the three suspects Jessie Daguia, Eddie Fortunado and Alejandro Capunong could get out of the jail soon.

On November 19, 2012, the DOJ dismissed the murder complaint filed by the Arles siblings against former Negros Occidental Vice Governor 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 Daguia, Fortunado, Capunong, Marvin Salve, Gerald Tabujara, and Rustom Puro; and Emanuel Medes, a casual employee of the municipal government of Ilog.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 02, 2014.

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