Court junks re-investigation in Pala case

THE REGIONAL Trial Court has junked the motion for re-investigation filed by self-confessed hitman Arturo Lascañas in connection with the killing of Jun Pala in 2003.

RTC Branch 10 Presiding Judge Retrina Fuentes on Friday denied the motion for investigation filed by lawyer Jude Josue Sabio, the legal counsel of Lascañas.

The RTC sustained that the bond for the release of the accused is fixed at P120,000 in each case.

Lascañas, a retired police officer, left the country last April 8, 2017 after he made the revelation.

He is facing charges for murder and two counts of frustrated murder based on the complaint by Louise Aguirre Pala, the victim’s widow.

Lascañas revealed that he and other police officers attacked Pala thrice, and successfully killed him on the last operation, based on the order of then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Lascañas tagged police officers SPO4 Sonny Buenaventura and SP01 Jim Tan in the killing of Pala.

But the Office of the City Prosecutor did not found probable cause to indict Buenaventura and Tan.

A case is also pending against Lascañas at the RTC Branch 4 in Panabo City, Davao del Norte in connection for the kidnapping of Turkish national Sali Makdum.

Dorothy Montejo Gonzaga Judge Gonzaga imposed no bail for the temporary liberty of Lascañas.

Last March 27, another self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato was also charged in the Makdum case.

Matobato, during a Senate inquiry, personally admitted to the kidnapping of Makdum in 2002 in the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte. The body of Makdum is still missing.

The court also ordered the arrest of Matobato’s co-accused, Sonny Custodio.

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