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‘Psych’ defense questioned

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Common defense. Lawyer Lorna Kapunan (right), one of the lawyers of the Paderangas, says there might be other people who are behind the shooting of the Paderangas. (SunStar Foto/Arni Aclao)

LAWYERS representing slain lawyer Goering Paderanga questioned the motion filed by suspect Jonathan Sanchez to have the court allow him to undergo a psychiatric examination.

Lawyer Lorna Kapunan, who leads the private prosecution, told SunStar Cebu that the plea for insanity is a “common defense” to get out of liability.

Earlier, Sanchez’s lawyers filed a motion before the Regional Trial Court Branch 17 to allow him to undergo a psychiatric examination at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.

This, after Sanchez’s lawyers found that the suspect was diagnosed with a sleep disorder.

A medical abstract also stated that Sanchez “has a history of substance-induced psychotic disorder.”

But Kapunan said they’ve filed an opposition to the motion filed by Sanchez.

RTC 17 Acting Judge Marivic Trabajo-Daray is set to decide on the motion filed by Sanchez within the month.

Kapunan said they also filed a motion for reinvestigation because they believed that Sanchez is a “fall guy” for the real culprits behind Paderanga’s death.

“We believe that there are more personalities involved that should be exposed,” she said.

Kapunan said they have yet to file a case for the murder of Paderanga’s son, fellow lawyer Gerik, to determine who ordered Sanchez to kill the two lawyers.

They have sought the help of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to reinvestigate the case.

Kapunan was in Cebu yesterday to attend Sanchez’s scheduled arraignment.

But the arraignment was postponed after Daray was reported to have gone to Bohol for official business.

Kapunan, a Manila-based lawyer, said she took the case as she, Goering and his wife, Judge Sylva Aguirre-Paderanga, were close friends while they were taking up Law at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 21, 2017.

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