THE police official who was linked to the murder of Cebuano businessman Richard Lim King is set to file his counter-affidavit before the Davao City Prosecution Office within 15 days, the legal counsel of the respondent said.
Lawyer Caesar Europa, legal counsel for accused Police Supt. Leonardo Felonia, told Sun.Star Davao in an interview that they will answer the complaint of the victim’s brother James King.
The brother of the victim included the extrajudicial confessions of the three other suspects Paul Dave Molina Labang and siblings Rommel and Rodel dela Cerna who tagged Felonia as the person who ordered the assassination.
u201cGina-finalize na unta namo to among counter last week. In fact, ipa-pirma nalang unta namo kay Col. Felonia and ipa-subcribe na unta namo sa fiscal didto para mafile na diri. But on July 22, nagsubmit ang complainant ug result sa forensic examination sa cellphone ni Labang and ni Rommel. I asked the fiscal for 15 days but well before that mafile na namo, (We were finalizing our counter last week. In fact, we only had to have it signed by Felonia and subscribe it to the fiscal there so that it will be filed here. But on July 22, the complainant submitted result of a forensic examination on the cellphone of Labang and Rommel. I asked the fiscal for 15 days but we could file it well before that.)” Europa said.
He pointed out that they will contest the legality of how the sworn statements of the suspects were gathered and filed and the authenticity of their allegations.
u201cWe will show why the sworn statements are not believable and why the sworn statements were inadmissible. We will also present countervailing evidence to show that what was stated in the sworn statements could not have happened,” Europa said.
He also said that the result of the forensic examination showed that there was an exchange of text messages between Labang and Felonia but Europa will also cite in their counter-affidavit that their communication was not related to the murder.
But while the Prosecutor Panfilo Lovitos is waiting for the counter-affidavit of Felonia to proceed with the resolution of the case, the schedule for the arraignment of Labang and the dela Cernas is also reliant on when the City Prosecution Office has released a resolution of the police official’s murder raps.