Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said the murder case against former Palawan governor Joel Reyes is out of the hands of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The Secretary pointed out the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) takes over once the case has been raised before the Court of Appeals (CA).
“It is the OSG that is in charge of the case since it is on appeal,” he said.
On the other hand, Aguirre said the CA ruling can still change depending “on the ruling if it will constitute double jeopardy.”
Reyes was freed from detention on January 5 after the CA granted his appeal and cleared him of the murder case he is facing before a Palawan regional trial court over thedeath of broadcaster Dr. Gerry Ortega.
Ortega was killed by a hired gunman in January 2011 and Reyes and his brother, former Coron mayor Mario Reyes, have been tagged as the masterminds.
After slipping out of the country in 2012 to evade arrest warrants against them, the former governor and his brother, former Coron Mayor Mario Reyes, were arrested in Phuket, Thailand in October 2015.