MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) has assigned a new judge to hear the murder charges lodged against Senator Panfilo Lacson in relation to the killing of publicist Salvador “Bubby” Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito in 2000.
The SC designated Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 32 Judge Thelma B. Medina as acting judge of Manila RTC Branch 18, where the Dacer-Corbito case is being heard.
Judge Myra Garcia-Fernandez, the former judge of RTC-Branch 18, has been promoted associate justice of the Court of Appeals.
Fernandez was the judge who ordered the arrest of Lacson after finding probable cause in connection with the double murder case.
The senator, however, fled the country days before the arrest warrant was issued in February.