DOJ summons mom, bro of 'gift bomb' fatality
MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has summoned the mother and brother of Yvonne Geraldine Padilla-Chua, victim of a "gift bomb" in Taguig City in 2010, to answer charges linking them to the murder.
In a subpoena released on Tuesday, the DOJ ordered Arlene Padilla and her son Arnold to appear in the preliminary investigation hearing on November 12.
The respondents were directed to submit their counter-affidavit to the murder complaint filed by their relative Manuel Padilla.
"You are hereby warned that failure on your part to comply with this subpoena shall be considered as a waiver to present your defense in this preliminary investigation and the case shall be considered submitted for resolution based on the complainant's evidence only," reads the order signed by investigating prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera.
Manuel, who is a cousin of Yvonne, filed murder and frustrated murder charges with the DOJ against Arlene and Arnold.
He claimed that no less than Yvonne's mother and her lone sibling were behind her death, saying that "greed" was the motive behind the killing.
Manuel said he pursued the case since Yvonne's husband Vinzon and their child have already left the country.
Arnold's maid, Rhea Dalde-Obra, was earlier charged with murder and frustrated murder after she was identified by a guard at Yvonne's house as the one who delivered the gift bomb.
The guard, in his testimony, said the package was for Yvonne and was given by her mother.
Five grenades, which were put in a Louis Vuitton bag, exploded when Yvonne opened the package on December 29, 2010.