“If it is true, it is a sad day for justice.”
That was the reaction last night of Philip Arles to the news that the charges against Negros Occidental Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr., Ilog Mayor Paul Alvarez and Cauayan Vice Mayor Jerry Tabujara for the murder of his father, Judge Henry Arles, had been dismissed.
Arles said if it is true that a decision adverse to their complaint had been made by the Department of Justice, he is surprised because he really thought they had a strong case, but also kind of expected it, considering that those cleared of the charges are very powerful.
The funny thing is it took the DOJ eight months to finalize the decision, and it seems so perfect that it released the decision one week before the elections, he said.
Arles said that once his family receives a copy of the DOJ decision they will be able to comment on how they will approach it legally.
“If it is true, it is a grave injustice to our family, our father, and the people who believed in the case,” said Arles, who is running for congressman of the 6th district of Negros Occidental against Rep. Mercedes Alvarez.*CPG