SC orders transfer of trial of Rasuman case
MANILA - The Supreme Court has granted the Department of Justice's request for the transfer of the trial of the syndicated estafa case against Jachob "Coco" Rasuman and several others in connection with Rasuman's alleged pyramiding/investment scam.
In a resolution dated August 7 but received just recently by the DOJ, the high court granted the request, supported by the favorable recommendation of the Office of the Court Administrator, headed by Atty Jose Midas Marquez.
In its letter, the DOJ cited "various considerations, including the risks posed by the political and economic status of the personalities involved on the security of prosecutors and witnesses alike, as well as the heightened risk and expenses entailed by the act of constantly transporting the principal accused, Coco Rasuman, from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) detention facility in Manila to [Cagayan De Oro]."
The DOJ quoted the SC in the latter's resolution, stating that "with the circumstances obtaining in the case, the occurrence of the miscarriage of justice is not far-fetched."
The case has been ordered transferred by the high court to the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC).