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Napoles brother asks court to quash arrest warrant

MANILA, Philippines – The fugitive brother of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles on Monday, September 2, filed petitions with both the Court of Appeals (CA) and the Makati regional trial court, effectively asking for all legal and government actions against him to be suspended.

Reynald "Jojo" Lim, wanted for the serious illegal detention of cousin-turned-pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy, first asked the Court of Appeals (CA) to quash the arrest warrant issued by the Makati RTC Branch 150 against him.

Through his lawyers, Lim also asked the appeals court to declare that there was no probable cause in the case filed by the National Bureau of Investigation against him and his sister before the Makati court.

Lim wants the CA to immediately issue a temporary restraining order on his arrest until it resolves his petition to reverse the NBI finding.

In the petition, Lim said Judge Elmo Alameda of the Makati RTC "whimsically and arbitrarily when he denied the motion for judicial determination of probable cause and issued the warrant of arrest even before the motion could be heard."

Also on Monday afternoon, Lim filed a motion before the Makati RTC to suspend proceedings on his case while the Court of Appeals is hearing his petition.

In the motion received by the Makati RTC on Monday, through his lawyers said the Makati RTC Branch 150 would "pre-empt the Court of Appeals' review of the assailed orders" if it proceeded with the hearings this month.

Judge Alameda on September 2 denied Napoles and Lim's motion asking him to inhibit himself from the case. – Bea Cupin/Rappler.com