The Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Davao City has forwarded to Quezon City-RTC the records of the murder case of Police Superintendent Leonardo Felonia tagged in the killing of businessman, Richard King.
RTC Branch 16 Presiding Executive Judge Emmanuel Carpio ordered his staff to send the records to Quezon City RTC through LBC last September 30.
Carpio’s order was in pursuant to the Supreme Court notice directing the lower court to immediately send the records of the case against Felonia after the arraignment of the three other accused Paul Dave Labang, Rommel dela Cerna and Rodel dela Cerna.
The High Court had granted the request of Felonia to transfer the venue of hearing of the murder case against him since his life will be in great danger in Davao City.
The court had earlier entered a “not guilty” plea for Labang and the dela Cerna brothers after they failed to appear in court for their arraignment on September 24.
The three accused had offered themselves to stand as witnesses against Felonia as the prosecution had already filed a motion to discharge them from the complaint to be utilized as state witnesses.
The three accused divulged that it was Felonia who ordered them to kill King on June 12, 2014.
Felonia was the head of the PNP Intelligence Group in Southern Mindanao when King was murdered.
In a July 15, 2015 order, the Supreme Court also ordered the Quezon City RTC judge to also inquire from Felonia if he would be waiving his right to be present during the proceedings of the case in Davao City.
Should Felonia refuse to waive his right to be present in any stage of the proceedings, the High Court ordered RTC Branch 16 to archive the case against Felonia.
If Felonia would agree to waive such right, the High Court ordered the Quezon City RTC to send back the records to RTC Branch 16 to continue the proceedings against Labang and the dela Cerna brothers.
Felonia, who then heads the PNP Intelligence Group in Southern Mindanao, was implicated in the murder of King when King was murdered on June 12, 2014. Jessie L. Casalda