SC eyes solution of judge’s slay

November 08, 2019

Authorities will look into the two drugs cases which slain Ilocos Sur regional trial court Judge Mario Anacleto Bañez handled in an attempt to solve his senseless murder.

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta bared this during his first Meet the Press event at the Supreme Court yesterday morning, saying these cases could be the reason why he was assassinated.

Peralta continued that Bañez’s dismissal of a murder case against a Cordillera health worker as motive was very unlikely.

Last September, Bañez acquitted Cordillera health worker Rachel Mariano of murder.

Mariano was accused by the army as a New Peoples Army (NPA) rebel who masterminded an ambush of members of the 81st Infantry Battallion in 2017 in Quirino, Ilocos Sur, where one soldier died.

In his decision, Bañez condemned the killing, but said: “It would be more deplorable and unfair to convict the accused of all these serious crimes charged against her upon the quality of the evidence adduced by the prosecution.”