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Merrera ‘no show’ at murder case arraignment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

DAGUPAN CITY- Binmaley Vice Mayor Pete Merrera and his brother Butch Merrera failed to show up during the arraignment of their attempted murder case at the sala of Judge A. Florentino R. Dumlao Jr. of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 42 last June 1.

The arraignment of the case docketed as Criminal Case No. 2010-0640-D has dragged for almost 10 months after it was delayed due to petition for review of the case by the accused to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

“It appeared that there was a deliberate effort to delay the proceedings by the camp of the accused as there were many postponements already,” said Armando Valenzuela, the complainant.

The resolution on the petition for review was promulgated by DOJ on May 13, 2011 by Undersecretary Jose Vicente B. Salazar, part of which reads “the merits of this case should be heard and tried in a full blown trial.”

Merrera and his brother Butch filed their cash bail bond in the amount of P120,000 each last May 24.

The case stemmed from the alleged non-payment of entrance fees of the accused during a cockfight at the Abalos Cockpit Arena in Mangaldan on July 31, 2010. Vice Mayor Merrera figured out in an altercation with the gate keeper Thelma Lasat in which Armado Valenzuela came in to rescue.

Vice Mayor Merrera allegedly ordered his brother and bodyguards to get their guns from their vehicles. Butch Merrera hit Valenzuela with the butt of his gun causing him to fall on the ground. Merrera then shot him on his face.

The DOJ opined that the action of Butch Merrera was triggered by the order of his brother. It sustained the findings of the Provincial Prosecutor of Pangasinan that there was probable cause for attempted murder under Article 248 of the Revised Penal Code.

The arraignment was reset by the Court on June 7.

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