Baktin wanted again

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014


THE Regional Trial Court (RTC) Davao City Branch 16 presiding judge issued a warrant of arrest anew against alleged carnap syndicate leader Ryan "Baktin" Yap Yu after he failed to appear before a court hearing on May 15.

RTC Branch 16 Judge Emmanuel Carpio, in an order dated May 15, 2014, ordered the arrest of Yu after the Urgent Motion for Resetting was denied.

Carpio denied the Urgent Motion for Resetting filed by the respondent through his legal counsel Philip Pantojan, claiming that the motion was "not at all urgent but was done purposely to dilly-dally the case."

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Pantojan, in a motion dated May 13, asked the court to reset the hearing, as he was set to appear in a hearing before the Sandiganbayan in Quezon City. He also said that no other lawyer could take over his case, as his other partner lawyers were pre-occupied with their respective hearings.

Carpio replied, "The court needs to stress that the pre-trial today was scheduled by this court through an order dated February 27, 2014, whereas, the pre-trial before the Sandiganbayan was scheduled later by said court on March 20, 2014. While the public prosecutor may be on official leave, the filing of a motion for resetting by the defense is not a ground for accused to pre-empt its approval and/or to excuse him from appearing in court."

The court judge also acknowledged the plea of private prosecutor lawyer Luwill Al-ag, who asked the court to issue a warrant of arrest against Yu for not attending the hearing.

Yu's P1.4 million bail bond was forfeited in favor of the government. The pre-trial was also rescheduled to August 18 and 19 this year.

"Since the office Atty. Pantojan has several practicing lawyers, he directs any of the practicing lawyer to attend to the pre-trial and represent said accused, if Atty. Pantojan is unable to do so," Carpio's order read.

The pre-trial was initially scheduled on February 27 after Yu pleaded not guilty to carnapping raps filed by Aldrich Pelacios, Delilah S. Galagala, Protenciano Tutor Sandro, Carlo Asturias, Napoleon IcdangSaliog Jr., EleazarBiolMacabinlar, Filmore B. Escoval, and Ibrahim M. Buog in an arraignment last November 15.

The February 27 schedule, however, was reset after long hours of power outage disrupted the court proceedings.

Before Yu's arraignment, Carpio ordered his arrest for not appearing before the court in a hearing on November 7. The order, however, was set aside when Yu appeared during the arraignment. (Sun.Star Davao)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 21, 2014.

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