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Judge in Vhong Navarro’s case inhibits


After her decision of allowing  businessman Cedrice Lee and his co-accused in the January 22 mauling incident involving   actor Vhong Navarro  to post P500,000 bail each, Judge Paz Esperanza Cortes on Tuesday formally inhibited herself from working on  with  the high-profile case.

In an interview  with DZMM, Lee’s legal counsel, Atty. Howard Calleja said he was taken aback by the judge’s decision, which she read during the  hearing of oral arguments in Navarro’s case at Taguig Regional Trial Court Branch 271.

 Calleja said  Cortes did not disclose any   reason for her inhibition.

Earlier,  Navarro charged  serious illegal detention against  Lee and Simeon Raz, Jr., however, they were released from detention last Tuesday, while Deniece Cornejo got out of jail last Thursday.

Calleja slammed Navarro’s camp for filing the motion for Cortes to inhibit, saying  that several resolutions from the same judge were not in favor of his clients, and yet they did not petition to have another judge handle the case.

Calleja believes  that one of the reasons why Cortes inhibited  voluntarily from the case was because of the  supposed "bullying" she received after arriving to decision permitting Lee’s group to bail.

On the other hand, Navarro’s lawyer, Atty. Alma Mallonga said on  DZMM,  that  her camp had nothing  to do with the supposed personal attacks against Cortes, also the accusations  that she was paid to rule in favor of Lee’s group.

"It is unfair na may nagsasabi na nagkakalat kami ng balita [tungkol kay Judge Cortes], hindi ‘yon totoo," she said.

Mallonga also cleared that "our filing for motion for inhibition was not based on any rumor, but on legal grounds."

article source: abs cbn news

  • tj

    baka nabayaran ang judge

  • alv

    tama naman ginawa ng judge lahat tayo me karapatan mag pyansa,, saka wala pa naman hatol,, kasi naman wag pakialaman ang hindi sa atin para d mabugbog at mag aatungal