Ex-Palawan gov. asks CA to stop DOJ's reinvestigation of Ortega slay

October 5, 2011 10:06 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 5 — The camp of former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes filed on Wednesday a petition before the Court of Appeals (CA) seeking to stop the Department of Justice (DOJ) from proceeding with its reinvestigation of the death of Palawan radio broadcaster and environmentalist Dr. Gerry Ortega.

According to Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, legal counsel of Reyes, they filed before the appellate court a petition for writ of preliminary injunction with a prayer for the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) to stop the DOJ's reinvestigation of the Ortega killing.

Topacio said the petition was prompted by the earlier resolution of the DOJ panel of prosecutors which conducted the investigation, who ruled that there was no probable cause linking his client in the killing of Ortega.

The camp of the former Palawan governor expressed the hope that the CA will grant their petition.

Meanwhile, Assistant State Prosecutor Allan Stewart Mariano, the chair of the DOJ panel of prosecutors, is scheduled to lead the reinvestigation of the case on Thursday.

DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima has ordered the reinvestigation because of the new pieces of evidence gathered by the family of the victim.

Earlier, Ortega's family was dismayed with the exclusion from the charge sheet of Reyes despite the alleged strong evidence linking the former governor to the commission of the crime. (PNA)

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