THE two suspects in the killing of Dabawenyo businessman Ramon Teodoro Garcia are set to appear before the sala of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Davao City Branch 17 for their arraignment set today.
RTC Branch 17 presiding judge Evalyn Morales scheduled the arraignment today to determine whether suspects Jamora Liawan, alias Jan-Jan, 23, and his girlfriend Daisy Joy Supatan Cachapero, alias Angel, 27, will plead guilty or not guilty to the charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention with homicide, carnapping, and theft.
The respondents still don't have legal counsel to represent them but a source from RTC Branch 17, who refused to be named for lack of authority to speak, bared that lawyer Rudy Alonzo of the Public Attorney's Office could be summoned to assist the respondents in their arraignment alone.
Lawyers Danilo Basa and Jeffrey Jefferson Coronel on Wednesday have filed their formal entry of appearance to assist the victim's son Theodore Delfin Garcia as private prosecutors. Prosecutor Faizal Padate will also assist Garcia as public prosecutor.
The suspects were earlier sued for robbery with homicide yet Padate dropped the charge in place of stiffer penalties kidnapping and serious illegal detention with homicide, carnapping, and theft.
Liawan and Cachapero were arrested following a string of operations launched by the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) who coordinated with the municipal police stations of Malalag and Sulop in Davao del Sur.
The two were arrested less than 24 hours after the incident took place. The police operations resulted to the recovery of some of Garcia's belongings from the house of Cachapero's mother in Sulop while the victim's cadaver was found in the same town as well.
The victim's torched Toyota Inova was found in Malungon, Sarangani Province while the rest of Garcia's belongings were seized from the possession of Liawan and in a pawnshop in San Pedro St. which were believed to be pawned by Liawan.