Cebu road rage suspect's arraignment reset to August

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 20 2017 08:28 PM | Updated as of Jun 20 2017 08:29 PM

CEBU - A Regional Trial Court (RTC) has granted the petition of road rage suspect David Lim Jr. to refer his frustrated murder case back for preliminary investigation.

RTC Branch 5 Judge Ricky Jones Macabaya, in a June 14 resolution, granted Lim's omnibus motion to refer the case for preliminary investigation and suspend proceedings, saying the court finds the motion "meritorious and grants the same in the interest of substantial justice.” 

The prosecution, meanwhile, has been ordered by the court to comment on Lim's petition within 15 days of receipt of order.

Lim returned home to Cebu for his scheduled arraignment on Tuesday after a vacation abroad, but the court decided to reset the arraignment to August 15. 

 

RTC Branch 5 Judge Ricky Jones Macabaya's June 14 resolution granting David Lim Jr's request to return the case for preliminary investigation.

 

RTC Branch 5 Judge Ricky Jones Macabaya's June 14 resolution granting David Lim Jr's request to return the case for preliminary investigation.

 

RTC Branch 5 Judge Ricky Jones Macabaya's June 14 resolution granting David Lim Jr's request to return the case for preliminary investigation.

The court also ordered the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office to conduct a preliminary investigation and to submit a report within 30 days from receipt of order.

Last May 23, the criminal information was submitted to the court, and Lim's camp filed his petition to refer case for preliminary investigation and suspend proceedings 5 days later.

The victim's counsel, Atty. Maundlyn Martin, was dismayed after receiving the order, saying it was not the first time the arraignment has been canceled.

Lim surrendered to authorities last March after authorities launched a manhunt operation against him for shooting 33-year-old nurse, Ephraem Nunal Montalbo, due to a traffic altercation. The incident was caught on video.

Lim's surrender was assisted by Bong Go, executive assistant of President Rodrigo Duterte.-report from Joworski Alipon, ABS-CBN News