Fiscal junks arson rap vs. JVR

TALISAY City Mayor Johnny De los V. Reyes (JVR) can now heave a sigh of relief.

This, after the Office of the Mandaue City Prosecutor dismissed the arson complaint filed against De los Reyes for lack of probable cause.

Following the dismissal of the complaint, the mayor said he is contemplating to file charges against those who accused him of the crime, including Supt. Carmelo Dayon, former chief of the Talisay City Police Station.

He said he will consult with his lawyers about the matter.

In her three-page resolution issued last Sept. 30, Associate Mandaue City Prosecutor Mary Francis Daquipil dismissed the complaint as the circumstantial evidence submitted by the local police are not sufficient to identify De los Reyes as the one behind the burning of a mini-dump truck in Barangay Poblacion last March this year.

Edwin Manalo, a trisikad driver, had claimed that he saw De los Reyes threw a piece of paper on the driver’s seat of the truck, which caught fire a few minutes after.

Manalo, however, later recanted his statement and claimed that police made him signed a blank affidavit.

Prosecutor Daquipil, in her resolution, said that there was no clear proof that De los Reyes was behind the burning of the truck.

Also, a report made by the Talisay City Fire Department also proved that the burning of the mini-dump truck was accidental.

“The circumstances in the instant case are not sufficient to form an unbroken chain of events leading to the culpability of respondent JVR (De los Reyes) and his alleged cohorts for the burning of the dump truck,” said Daquipil.

Daquipil was appointed by the Regional State Prosecutor to handle the complaint after Talisay City Prosecutor Marshall Rubia and his colleagues inhibited from handling the complaint.

In an interview yesterday, De los Reyes said he was happy that the prosecutor’s office dismissed the complaint. He described the accusation as baseless.

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