A notorious con man who had been previously arrested for skipping his arraignment in a Caloocan City (Metro Manila) court was ordered arrested again for repeating his offense that drew the ire of the judge handling his case.
Judge Ma. Teresa Dd Guzman-Alvarez of the Regional Trial Court Branch 131 directed authorities to again present Ramon Barried Leonor, an alleged swindler who is also facing charges of Violation Against Women and Children (VAWC).
“Judge Alvarez first ordered his arrest because he did not attend his arraignment then. Today, he skipped his arraignment again and for that another warrant was issued,” a court source said.
In November last year, Leonor was nabbed by members of the Quezon City Police District-Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (QCPD-CIDU) by virtue of a warrant of arrest issued by Alvarez.
He was detained at the CIDU jail but managed to post bail the next day.
Police officials found out that Leonor was the subject of similar warrants for other offenses.
Leonor was charged for beating up his pregnant live-in partner in January 2014 after she confronted him for loaning the property of the girl’s family without them knowing it.
There is another VAWC case filed before a Quezon City Court against him.
The victim, who asked not to be identified for reasons of privacy, said she was beaten black and blue by Leonor when they were still living together over a property dispute.
She claimed that Leonor was able to avail of a loan using her family’s property but had since then failed to redeem the lot.
“Things got worse because every time I asked him if he already fixed the problem and redeemed the property, he bursts out in anger and hurts me again until I experienced pre-term labor,” the victim said.
She added that she filed a case of estafa and was thinking of filing another case of qualified theft against Leonor.
Leonor reportedly has the backing of a retired Philippine National Police general who worked for his immediate release from detention.
He owned One National Realty and One Glad that are involved in property development and Tradefocus, a company engaged in the sale of herbal medicines and coffee. It turned out, however, that the property business was a scam because it involved questionable lands.
Besides Criminal Case No. 900-M-15, the estafa cases against Leonor are docketed as IS NO. 14J-9397 and IS NO. 15K-12168.