Contrary to recent developments, the Reckless Imprudence Resulting in Homicide case filed by Lorayne Pardo against actor Richard Gutierrez has not ended, as far as she is concerned.
Lorayne is the widow of Nomar Pardo, Richard's former personal assistant who died in a car accident last May 22, 2009 in Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa Rd., Silang, Cavite. Richard was driving the car. (CLICK HERE to read related story.)
She said with conviction, "Pagpapatuloy ko po ang laban na ito dahil pag walang nangyari sa kasong ito ay wala talagang [hustisya]. Buhay ang inutang-sinadya man o hindi."
Her statement refers to the March 10 resolution from the Department of Justice (DOJ), signed by former Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera, that dismissed the homicide case against the actor. It also ordered the Provincial Prosecutor of Cavite to act on the withdrawal of the information in the Cavite court in under ten days. (CLICK HERE to read related story.)
In a press conference hosted by her lawyers Atty. Firdausi Abbas and Atty. Ombra Jainal at the Abbas Law Firm in Greenhills, San Juan City, this morning, March 25, a tough-willed Lorayne said she will continue her "fight for justice."
Atty. Abbas said Devanadera is "corrupt and incompetent" for releasing a resolution that is "grossly contrary to the evidences presented, contrary to the facts, and contrary to the laws pertinent to the case at hand."
"This resolution, which is ridiculous, is borne out by Atty. Devanadera's character. And she's corrupt in all counts: dishonesty, incompetence and indolence," Lorayne Pardo's lawyer said.
(PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sent a text message to Devanadera's personal cell phone number at 2:05 p.m. today, but there is still no reply as of press time.)
Atty. Abbas said they filed a motion for reconsideration last March 22 to the DOJ to strike down Devanadera's "malicious" resolution. The motion for reconsideration presently bars the Provincial Prosecutor of Cavite from acting on the DOJ's order to withdraw the case from the court.
While the DOJ is acting on their motion for reconsideration, Atty. Abbas said Richard Gutierrez's arraignment scheduled on March 31 at the Municipal Circuit Trial Court in Silang, Cavite will push through. Cavite Judge Ma. Victoria N. Cupin-Tesorero ordered the actor to be present at the the hearing, to avoid being issued a warrant of arrest.
The actor was absent in the previous date of arraignment on February 10 due to "acute gastroenteritis with dehydration." (CLICK HERE to read related story.)
"PARANG NAMATAY ULIT SI NOMAR." At the presscon today, Lorayne delivered a short handwritten speech that summed up her feelings for the DOJ and the Gutierrezes.
"Nung nabasa ko ang resolution ni Former Secretary Devanadera, parang namatay ulit si Nomar, na asawa ko. Na-shock ako sa resolution ni former Secretary Devanadera. Hindi po ako abogado pero klarong-klaro na mali ito. Hindi ito tama. Marami na akong naririnig na mga kabuktutan, pero ni sa panaginip di ko naisip na ito ay mangyayari, pero nangyayari na," Lorayne said, trying to hold back tears.
"Parang wala naman pong konsensiya itong si former Secretary Devanadera," she continued. "Ipagpapatuloy ko po ang laban na ito dahil pag walang nangyari sa kasong ito ay wala talagang [hustisya]. Buhay ang inutang, sinadya man o hindi."
NO SETTLEMENT. In recent interviews, the Gutierrez family said they were "happy" for the DOJ's "favorable" decision. Ruffa Gutierrez said the resolution allows her brother to "finally move on with his life." (CLICK HERE to read related story.)
In a separate interview, Richard declared that he wants to help Lorayne take care of Nomar's children. "I want to look after the welfare of his children, the sooner the better, lalo pa at malapit na namang mag-start ang classes in June. But we will do it in the legal way, kaya ipababahala ko na sa lawyer ko ang pag-aayos ng lahat para sa kanila," he said. (CLICK HERE to read related story.)
Lorayne, however, is not yet ready to move on. She said the chain of events convinced her to pursue the case further. She will never agree to a settlement, she maintained.
According to the mother of two boys, the Gutierrez camp still had not contacted her to extend the help they are promising to give her through the media after the DOJ resolution. She was further irked by the idea that she should be the one to approach Richard's family.
"Ako pa ang lalapit sa kanila? Sabi na nga ni Atty. Abbas, it's out of the issue na. Hindi naman kami makikipag-settle sa kanila. Kami na yung nawalan, kami pa yung kailangang lumapit. Hindi kaya dapat sila ang gumawa noon?" she said.
Lorayne said she has enough faith that she can survive even without Richard's offered help.
"Okay naman po yung mga anak ko, okay naman po kami. Lahat po kasi tinaas ko na sa Panginoon, e. Bahala na po ang Panginoon," she said.
Lorayne added, "Hindi naman po natutulog ang Diyos. Bilog ang mundo. Nandiyan ang karma."