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Regencia faces re-examination petition on 2017 ambush case

By Nora Soriño
Iligan City Bureau Chief .

Iligan City — A petition for certiorari on the cases of murder and multiple murder cases have been filed before the Supreme Court against City Mayor Celso Regencia.

Lawyer Moises Dalisay, Jr. a former city councilor here, said over the weekend that although he is not the lawyer involved in the case for the petition, as this has been handled by the Bello Law Office, he has knowledge of on the matter.

A petition for certiorari, to note is a document filed with the Supreme Court to reverse the decision of a lower court. It is also the name given to certain appellate proceedings for re-examination of actions of a trial court, or inferior appeals court.

“We will wait for the SC decision on the petition on the certiorari,” Dalisay said. “There will be a trial on the case,” said Dalisay should the petition be granted by the SC. Asked whether the issue of double jeopardy will come into play, the lawyer answered that there will be no issue on this since the mayor “was not arraigned.”

To recall, Regencia was accused of murder and frustrated multiple murder cases in connection with the ambush of the convoy of then Rep. Vicente Belmon-te, Jr. near the Laguindi-ngan Airport on Dec. 11, 2014.

Regencia was then incarcerated Oct. 12, 2015. He was released on Jan. 30, 2017 after a regional trial court granted the motion of the Department of Justice to withdraw the case.

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