THE arraignment of Joavan Fernandez, considered by police as Cebu’s public enemy number one, on his latest cases was postponed yesterday after his lawyer, Paulino Labrado, failed to appear in court.
Judge Soliver Peras had scheduled Fernandez’s arraignment of his three criminal cases yesterday morning.
Peras, who presides over the Regional Trial Court Branch 10, ruled to reset Fernandez’s arraignment to May 31.
Cebu City Assistant Prosecutor Raul Cristoria did not oppose the resetting.
“It seems that the accused would want a lawyer of his own choice. I can’t blame him for that. Anyway, our evidence are all intact,” Cristoria told Peras.
The Moalboal police arrested Fernandez in a resort in the municipality on May 20, or 12 days after he bolted from detention in Talisay City.
The police received a tip from a resident there about the presence of Joavan in a resort in Barangay Saavedra, Moalboal, 85.4 kms. southwest of Cebu City.
Police recovered from his possession a .45 caliber pistol with five bullets.
Arrested together with Joavan were Beneto Restor Sellon, 48, married, and Carlito Alforque Cañada, 38, married -- both of Tulay, Minglanilla, Cebu.
They were preparing to board two pump boats for Negros Oriental.
Joavan, who is detained at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, refused to give statement to media.
He faces cases before RTC Branch 10 for violation of the Commission on Elections gun ban, illegal possession of firearms, and a non-bailable offense of illegal possession of explosive.