The prosecution panel in the murder case of international race car driver Ferdinand “Enzo” Pastor has asked a Quezon City court to junk the appeal of accused PO2 Edgar Angel to bar the presentation of his interview with veteran broadcaster Noli de Castro in court.
The prosecutors said in a five-page comment that Angel’s motion should be denied for lack of merit.
According to them, De Castro’s interview with the accused which was aired in Kabayan Special Patrol segment of ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol on September 4, 2015 could help support the notary public’s testimony that Angel executed his affidavit voluntarily.
On December 29, 2015, Angel asked the court to junk its December 4 order that gives ABS-CBN time to locate and prepare the video footage.
The accused said the interview was without the proper context, inaccurate, untruthful, and biased. He added that he never agreed to the interview and alleged that its presentation in court is more prejudicial than it is probative.
In their opposition, the prosecutors said any evidence they will present would naturally be unfavorable to the accused.
The prosecution panel said that since the video of the interview has not even been authenticated and presented, much less formally offered, this is not the proper juncture to make any objections.
“This is not a valid ground to object to the evidence,” they added.
Angel is the alleged gunman who killed Pastor on June 12, 2014 in Quezon City.
He initially tagged businessman Domingo “Sandy” de Guzman 3rd and his alleged lover, Pastor’s widow, Dalia Guerrero-Pastor as masterminds of the crime.
In his extrajudicial confession, Angel said De Guzman hired him to kill Pastor for P100,000 because the car racer was physically abusing Dalia.
However, Angel renounced his testimony saying it was the arresting policemen themselves who prepared it. He said that the policemen threatened to implicate him in other unsolved crimes if he will not admit to Pastor’s murder.
De Guzman was indicted for murder, while the fugitive Dalia was charged with parricide.