Court denies consolidation of cases against BM Boniel

The court in Cebu denied the motion of the camp of Bohol’s third district Board Member Nino Rey Boniel last week in an omnibus order.

Judge Ann Lou Fernandez-Cavada denied the motion of the respondent to consolidate the parricide, kidnapping and serious illegal detention cases.

The parricide case is filed in Cebu. The kidnapping and serious illegal detention cases are filed in Bohol.

It means when the kidnapping and serious illegal detention cases will be heard, the board member needs to be transported to Bohol.

The judge rued there is no legal basis to consolidate the cases before the RTC branch 52 in Talibon, Bohol since the court in Cebu has jurisdiction over the cases to be consolidated.

Meanwhile, the court deferred the arraignment of Boniel and six co-accused and set it on December 8.

Boniel will be arraigned for the parricide case.

He is being accused of allegedly masterminding to kidnap and kill his wife former Bien Unido Mayor Gisela Bendong-Boniel last June 7.

The court granted the deferment of the arraignment pending the petition for review the Boniel camp filed before the Department of Justice.

The prosecutors in Cebu charged Allan delos Reyes Jr., Wilfredo Hoylar, Jr., Lobo Boniel, Randel Tupas, Restituto Magoncia Jr., and Riolito “Etad” Boniel with murder.

Additional charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention were filed by the prosecution before the court.

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