The Daily Manila Shimbun


Pre-trial for alleged mastermind on death of two Japanese set for Sept 6

August 24, 2017

Thursday's pre-trial for Hiroyuki Nagahama, the  alleged mastermind on the death of two Japanese in Culion, at the  Palawan Regional Trial Court Branch 49 was reset to September 6.

Judge Arnel Cezar granted the joint motion of  Nagahama's lawyer Joel Tan  and Prosecutor Herminia Caabay to allow the other suspects under police custody to be committed to jail and arraigned. Their arraignment has also been set for September 6.

The suspects are Reynante Labampa alias Buboy, Jose Ibayat Vizcarra alias Jovis Viscarra, Bernardo Radam alias and Carlo Diaz alias Jhun.

Vizcarra, the alleged gunman, was arraigned Thursday with the aid of public attorney Walter Avillanosa. Vizacarra pleaded not guilty for two counts of murder and illegal possesion of fire arms.

A suspect, Sonny Tatan Anicete,  remains at large. DMS