Slain judge’s son hits police for failure to arrest suspects

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

THE son of slain judge Henry Arles lamented Wednesday the failure of the police to arrest until this time the four suspected assassins of his father.

Philip Arles said that he doubts the seriousness of the police to arrest Rustom Puro, Marvin Salve, Gerald Tabujara, and Emmanuel Medes, who are free to go around their respective residences in Cauayan, Ilog and Kabankalan City.

He said that he will ask the assistance of Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, for the arrest of the four suspects.


The Department of Justice recommended the filing of murder case against seven respondents, including Puro, Salve and Tabujara, who are members of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPA-ABB). Medes is a casual employee of the municipal government of Ilog.

The three other respondents, Jessie Daguia, Eddie Fortunado, Alejandro Capunong, are also RPA-ABB members. They are detained with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in Kabankalan City.

Arles, then presiding judge of the Regional Trial Court Branch 61 in Kabankalan, was gunned down by men on board a tricycle while he was on his way home in Barangay Manalad highway in Ilog on April 24, 2012.

The Arles siblings also filed a murder complaint against former Negros Occidental Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez Jr. and his son, former Ilog mayor and now vice mayor John Paul, and Cauayan Vice Mayor Jerry Tabujara, the alleged masterminds, but the DOJ dismissed the complaint against them due to insufficient evidence.

Meanwhile, Philip Arles said they are planning to file a petition to transfer the detention of Daguia, Fortunado, and Capunong from the BJMP-Kabankalan.

Earlier, the Supreme Court granted his petition to transfer the trial from Kabankalan to Quezon City RTC. (TDE)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 24, 2014.

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