Lawyer to drop bid to inhibit judge from hearing Dacer-Corbito murder case

August 16, 2009 11:25 am 

MANILA, Aug. 16 –The three suspects in the killing of publicist Salvador "Bubby" Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito in 2000 are withdrawing their bid to inhibit the judge trying the case, citing that the court was right in allowing former police Sr. Supt. Cesar Mancao II to testify in court.

Lawyer Dante David, the legal counsel of SPO4 Marino Soberano, SPO3 Mauro Torres and SPO3 Jose Escalante, said they opted to withdraw the motion for inhibition against Judge Myra Garcia-Fernandez of Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 18 as they realized that the purpose of the court to place Mancao in the witness stand was to determine whether he deserved to be discharged as an accused or not.

David said that decision was made after reviewing the transcript of stenographic notes during the court hearings.

“The fact that he (Mancao) was allowed to testify does not mean he will be removed from the case. The court still has to evaluate,” he said.

Last July 22, the lawyer of the three policemen questioned Judge Fernandez’ order for Mancao to give his testimony during the hearing on the Department of Justice’s motion to discharge him as accused and include him as witness.

David, together with counsel and spokesperson for Senator Panfilo Lacson lawyer Alex Avisado, assailed the order of Fernandez.

Avisado earlier filed a motion asking for Fernandez’ inhibition from the case. (PNA)

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