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CA revives murder case vs. ex-Palawan gov Reyes

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The Court of Appeals (CA) has revived the murder case against former Coron, Palawan mayor Mario Joel Reyes concerning killing of broadcaster Gerry Ortega.

The Former 11th Division-Special Division of Five issued an amended decision which reversed its January 4, 2018 ruling that granted his petition to dismiss the case against him.

“Indeed, the assailed Decision *Jan. 4, 2018) has set the parameters of probable cause too high,” read the amended decision which granted motion for reconsideration of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG).

The CA pointed out that inadmissibility of the testimonies of the witnesses are not determined by the appelate court since there are “matters which are evidentiary in nature and best threshed out in a full-blown trial.”

“The Court, at this particular stage of the proceedings cannot arrogate upon itself the task of dwelling on factual and evidentiary matters,” read the ruling.

Reyes is currently serving time after the Sandiganbayan convicted him of graft over the anomalous issuance of small-scale mining permits.

He and his brother, former Coron mayor Mario Reyes, fled the country in 2012 after the Puerto Princesa regional trial court (RTC) issued arrest warrants against them over a murder case charged against them concerning the death of Ortega.

The Reyes brothers only returned to the Philippines after authorities in Thailand arrested them in Phuket, Thailand in September 2015.

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