3 charged in Zambo judge’s death

MANILA Government lawyers have approved the filing of murder charges against a job-order personnel from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and two others for the death of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte Regional Trial Court Branch 11 Judge Reymar L. Lacaya in Liloy town, Zamboanga del Norte on May 9 this year.

DPWH job-order personnel Juliver S. Cabating and two others identified only as Jerry and Ramil were named in the resolution signed by Provincial Prosecutor Gabino Saavedra II.

Saavedra based his findings on the complaint and pieces of evidence submitted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

NBI investigation showed that the gunmen were at an abandoned room near the parking space where the judge was killed. Investigators also found some of the jalousies panel of the window removed and recovered empty bullet casings inside.

CCTV footages showed two men came out of the room after the incident carrying a firearm. The two were also captured by CCTV meeting with Cabating prior to the incident.

Before the incident, the NBI noted in its complaint, that Cabating went out of the court. A subpoena could not be served to Cabating because, according to the resolution, he can no longer be located.

The case has been filed before the Liloy Regional Trial Court.

"No one actually saw the bestial killing. The witnesses' testimonies are merely aimed at establishing matters which are suggestive that herein respondents may be the authors of the criminal act," the resolution read.

The resolution pointed out that "direct evidence of the commission of a crime is not indispensable to criminal prosecutions".

The Rules on Evidence and Jurisprudence, the resolution also pointed out, allows the conviction of an accused through circumstantial evidence provided that there is more than one circumstantial evidence, the facts where the inferences came from are proven and it is enough to produce conviction beyond reasonable doubt. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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