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MANILA, Philippines- A private prosecutor in the Noel Orate Sr. case wants a Quezon City court to set aside last month's arraignment of ex-Rep. Nanette Castelo-Daza's son-in-law.
Citing a pending appeal at the Department of Justice, Atty. Eduardo Bringas asked for a resetting of Romeo Allan Robes's arraignment at least 60 days after Apr. 20 in compliance with court rules.
Representing the Orates, the lawyer lodged an eight-page motion for reconsideration before Judge Luis Zenon Maceren of Regional Trial Court Branch 218.
Bringas alleged that the court "hastily arraigned" Robes two weeks ago despite their petition for review at the DOJ.
According to the private prosecutor, this "constitutes grave abuse of discretion amounting to lack of jurisdiction."
Robes is Daza's son-in-law and the husband of Quezon City councilor Jessica Castelo-Daza.
On Apr. 23, he pleaded not guilty to homicide raps for allegedly shooting Orate, Daza's former boyfriend, on Feb. 10.
This was after the DOJ revealed the results of its reinvestigation charging him with homicide, which Bringas received on Apr. 18.
Bringas then filed a petition for review with Justice secretary Leila de Lima on Apr. 20, a copy of which was forwarded to the court
The Daza camp said the incident was of self-defense, claiming that Orate tried to harm them but the victim's kin alleged that their father was murdered.