By NITZ ARANCON
A REGIONAL court has set the pre-trial conference on the case against five police officers linked to the 2016 abduction of former overseas Filipino worker Enrique Fernandez III in uptown Cagayan de Oro.
Judge Emmanuel Pasal of the 38th branch of the Regional Trial Court here scheduled the pre-trial conference in May, said Fernandez’s family’s lawyer Rey Raagas.
Raagas said the issues would be defined and the pieces of evidence would be incorporated during the conference.
The evidence were first presented during a hearing on the motion for bail filed by lawyer Noel Vedad on behalf of the accused.
Judge Pasal, in a three-page March 7 resolution, rejected the motion for bail because of the kind of evidence presented by prosecutors against Senior Insp. Ereneo Ramirez, SPO2 Jojo Lim, SPO1 Alaindelon Tacubao, PO2 Sankula Hussein, PO2 Alejandro Ubanan and “police assets” (informers) Federico Guevarra and Rolando Udasco.
The police officers, members of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office, have been detained at the city jail in Lumbia except for Ubanan who was taken to the Misamis Oriental Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center due to security concerns.
The group was linked to the broad daylight abduction of Fernandez outside an e-bingo establishment at Condotel in Upper Carmen in October 2016. A security camera recording showed how Fernandez was snatched.
Aside from kidnapping, the police officers and their informers were also charged with carnapping.
What happened to Fernandez after he was abducted has remained a mystery to this day.