Suspect in Ricky Rivero knife attack arraigned

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 04 2011 05:33 PM | Updated as of Oct 05 2011 01:33 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Hanz Ivan Ruiz, the suspect in the stabbing of actor-turned-director Ricky Rivero, was arraigned Tuesday morning before Judge Marilyn Villordon of Branch 224 of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court.

Ruiz pleaded not guilty to charges of frustrated murder and theft in connection with the stabbing of Rivero in his home in Quezon City last June.

Rivero said he is glad that the arraignment finally pushed through after being postponed six times. His legal counsel, Atty. Evelyn Orsua, is asked to submit the video footage of the crime scene.

The court has scheduled the preliminary conference on November 8, while the pre-trial was set on December 6.

Last June 13, Rivero was stabbed 17 times allegedly by Ruiz, whom he met on social networking site Facebook. He survived by driving himself to a hospital. – Report from Dennis Datu, dzMM