A prosecutor has decided to inhibit herself from handling the case related to the ambush of Moises Padilla Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo that killed her brother Marc Garcia and nephew Michael Garcia.
Prosecutor Juliet Juen of the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office, in her manifestation to withdraw from the case dated September 9, said complainants Felix Yulo III, husband of the mayor, Marijo Garcia, wife of Marc Garcia, Barbara Garcia, mother of Michael Garcia, and Jefe Baladhay had sought for her inhibition due to conflict of interest after she received allowances from the municipal government under the term of the former mayor.
Given the complainants’ apparent lack of faith, she said she will inhibit in the prosecution of the case.
Her withdrawal from the complaint came after the complainants had sought the help of Justice Menardo Gueverra to inhibit Juen after Provincial Prosecutor Rodrigo Diaz has denied their request.
In their letter to Guevarra dated August 9, the complainants sought his intervention “to ensure the ethical, impartial, and efficient prosecution” of their criminal complaint so justice can be delivered, and that they can be assured of an impartial prosecution.
They stressed that Juen had been receiving P12,000 monthly allowance from the former mayor, while the two RTC judges whose jurisdiction covered the town only received P8,800 allowance every month. They added that the appropriation was approved by the members of the Sangguniang Bayan.
They pointed out that the receipt of the allowance by Juen from the municipal government “creates a conflict of interest.”
On April 25, Yulo survived an ambush during the election campaign, but her brother and nephew were killed in that attack.
She accused her uncle, former Moises Padilla mayor Magdaleno Peña, of masterminding the ambush, but the latter had vehemently denied her accusations.*
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