ROXAS CITY – The case of Bombo broadcaster Herson “Boy” Hinolan would be turning four years old on Nov. 3 this year and, hopefully, justice seems to be in sight.
A news report said the Cebu Regional Trial Court has denied an appeal for bail of former Mayor Alfredo “Fred” Arcenio of Lezo, Aklan, who was accused of gunning down the broadcaster.
“After due consideration of the testimony of witness Suñer, the court finds nothing that could sway its evaluation of the evidence presented for purposes of bail that the prosecution has established that the evidence of guilt of the accused of the crime charged is strong,”
In a six-page order received by the prosecution on Sept. 1, Judge Sylvia Aguirre -Paderanga, presiding judge of the Cebu RTC Branch 16, upheld her May 26, 2008 ruling denying the petition of Acernio.
Paderanga said in her latest order that the testimony of witness Niño Suñer during a hearing on May 26 had established evidence against Arcenio, warranting the denial of bail.
“After due consideration of the testimony of witness Suñer, the court finds nothing that could sway its evaluation of the evidence presented for purposes of bail that the prosecution has established that the evidence of guilt of the accused of the crime charged is strong,” said Paderanga in her order denying the motion for reconsideration filed by Arcensio’s lawyer on June 12.
A lone gunman repeatedly shot Hinolan on Nov. 13, 2004, in Kalibo, Aklan. Hinolan, former station manager of dyIN Bombo Radyo in Kalibo and host of its morning program “Bombohanay Bigtime,” died two days later from multiple bullet wounds.
Suñer, 19, had testified that he was a few meters away inside a parked tricycle when he saw Arcenio with a handgun approaching and then shooting Hinolan in the back.
Suñer, who was 15 at the time of the shooting, said he recognized Arcenio as the gunman because the area where Hinolan was shot was well-lighted and that the former mayor was frequently seen at the cockpits.
Arcenio, a former soldier, has denied involvement in the killing and has repeatedly claimed that he was in Lezo, 7 kilometers from Kalibo, during the killing. He has been detained at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center. (GTP)
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