Makati RTC junks Napoles inhibition motion

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MANILA, 2Sept2013 (PNA) – Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 Presiding Judge Elmo Alameda on Monday has dismissed the inhibition motion filed by the camp of alleged P10-billion pork barrel fund scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles

“The Presiding Judge believes that there is no just or valid reason for him to inhibit at this stage of the proceedings,” read Alameda’s three-page decision.

The latter motion was filed by Napoles’ legal counsel, Atty. Lorna Kapunan.

The motion are premised on the alleged presence of circumstances that indicate that Alameda’s impartiality could have been diminished especially in connection with the undue haste in the issuance of the warrants of arrests.

But Alameda expressed belief that he “can still maintain the cold neutrality of an impartial judge.”

Meanwhile, Lim asked the Makati RTC to temporarily suspend the hearing of his serious illegal detention case.

In a motion filed before Makati RTC Branch 150, lawyers of Lim stressed that the hearing should be first suspended pending the resolution of their motion for reconsideration filed at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and petition for certiorari pending with the Court of Appeals (CA).

In filing the motion, Raul Vasquez, Reynald Lim’s lawyer said that during the hearing of the instant case on Aug. 30, they manifested in open court that Lim has filed with the DoJ their motion for reconsideration on the review resolution dated Aug. 6.

“The proceedings must also be suspended in the light of accused’s petition for certiorari dated August 16 filed with the Court of Appeals. The said petition questioned this Honorable Court’s Aug. 14 order and that the Order of Arrest of even date finding probable cause for the arrest of the accused for being issued with grave abuse of discretion,” the motion stated. (PNA)

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