DOJ to block Reyes brothers’ plan for hospital arrest

By , on September 28, 2015

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MANILA — The Department of Justice (DOJ) will block any plans of the camp of former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes and his brother, former Coron, Palawan Mayor Mario Reyes, to be placed under hospital arrest.

According to DOJ Secretary Leila M. De Lima, the DOJ prosecutors will vigorously oppose such plans of the Reyes brothers.

De Lima said that aside from the fact that there was no basis for that hospital arrest, such a privilege of hospital detention was being abused by rich inmates.

She also said that such a plan of the Reyes brothers was a travesty of justice system in the country.

De Lima further said that the DOJ would also oppose any moves of the camp of the Reyes brothers to delay their arraignment, which was set on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.

The Reyes brothers are now detained at the Puerto Princesa City Jail for the crime of murder for allegedly “masterminding” the shooting to death of environmentalist and broadcaster Dr. Gerry Ortega in a public market in the city on Jan. 24, 2011.