The Palawan Regional Trial Court postponed the scheduled arraignment Friday of Japanese murder suspect Hiroyuki Nagahama.
Nagahama’s private counsel, lawyer Joel Tan, failed to attend the hearing, prompting the court to reschedule the arraignment to June 26, 2017.
Speaking through a translator, Nagahama said he has yet to confer with his lawyer about his case.
Executive Judge Angelo Arizala has ordered Atty. Lilibeth Laurente to arrange the talk betweent the legal counsel and the accused with the interpreter before the next date of arraignment.
The other murder suspects including Reynante Labampa, Joviz Vizcarra and Alyas Bhando are under protective custody of the Palawan National Police. Three other suspects – Ludovico Batoy, Sonny Anicete, and alias Jhuna – are still at large. (READ: Manhunt on for other suspects in Japanese murders)
Two Japanese tourists identified as Itani Masaru and Arai Yoshihiru were murdered in an island in Culion on May 30, with eyewitnesses identifying Nagahama and the other suspects as involved in the killing.