MANILA - The Court of Appeals (CA) On Wednesday junked the petition of Reynald Lim, brother of alleged "pork barrel" scam brains Janet Lim Napoles, for the recall of the arrest warrant against him in connection with the serious illegal detention case filed by primary whistleblower Benhur Luy.
The appellate court's Seventh Division, chaired by Associate Justice Noel Tijam, denied Lim's plea and affirmed the ruling of the Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150, presided by Judge Elmo Alameda, finding probable cause against him for the non-bailable offense.
The appellate court also affirmed the lower court's issuance of an arrest order against Lim, who has not yet been located by authorities up to now.
In his 40-page petition for certiorari and prohibition filed on August 22, Lim sought the intervention of the appellate court to reverse the finding of probable cause against him, and quash his warrant of arrest.
Lim accused Judge Alameda of acting "whimsically and
arbitrarily when he denied the motion for judicial determination of probable cause and issued the warrant of arrest even before the motion be heard."
Luy alleged that siblings Janet Napoles and Reynald Lim instigated his abduction from Dec. 2012 to March 2013 to stop him from revealing to authorities his knowledge about Napoles' involvement in the multi-billion peso "pork barrel" scam.