The Court of Appeals (CA) on Wednesday paved the way for the filing of parricide charges against Manuel Jimenez 3rd, husband of Ruby Rose Barrameda-Jimenez who was abducted six years ago and whose body was discovered encased in a steel drum and dumped off Navotas City in 2009.
The CA affirmed the resolution of the Office of the President that approved the filing of the parricide charges against Jimenez as recommended by the Department of Justice.
Jimenez had earlier asked for his exclusion from the case, which the lower court granted. Ruby Rose’s sister, Rochelle, sought the help of then Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera for intervention.
In March 2010, Devanadera ordered the filing of a complaint against Jimenez, which was upheld by current Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.
The Court of Appeals Special Sixteenth Division, in a six-page decision signed by Associate Justice Pedro Corales and concurred in by Associate Justices Sesinando Villon and Samuel Gaerlan, dismissed the petition for review filed by Jimenez.
The court found Jimenez’s plea for exclusion “bereft of merit.”
The CA held that Jimenez’s bare allegations of injury to his family and to his rights fall short of some prerequisites.
“Nowhere does any exceptional situation, including that of persecution rather than good-faith prosecution, appear here. There is no showing of any grand design or other manifestation of ill-will that unduly impelled the finding of probable cause herein assailed,” the CA said.
Moreover, where evidence otherwise supports the charges, the accused shall not be heard to allege mere political harassment.
The CA said it preferred a “full-blown trial to ferret out the truth.”