Legacy owner fails to attend arraignment anew

by Jenette Fariola-Ruedas, ABS-CBN Tacloban

Posted at Nov 16 2011 08:08 PM | Updated as of Nov 17 2011 04:08 AM

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines - For the sixth time, Celso de los Angeles failed to attend the arraignment of his case in Ormoc City.

He was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on estafa charges in connection with the Legacy Group mess.

However, a Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) lawyer filed a motion Tuesday to require a doctor from the Philippine General Hospital to examine de los Angeles to confirm the findings of his private doctors.

The move also seeks to determine if de los Angeles is fit to travel.

He was brought from Tacloban City to Metro Manila last October 1, 2011 after the Regional Trial Court Branch 12 in Ormoc City granted his motion to travel to Metro Manila to be treated at St. Luke's Medical Center.

The accused was initially only allowed 10 days to stay at St. Luke's, but an extension up to October 16 was granted.

There is no date yet for his next planned arraignment.