Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Nida's Daughter Wants To Save Elena From Case

Kay Torres, the only daughter of slain actress Nida Blanca, appealed to the Department of Justice today to drop Elena dela Paz from the list of those charged for the actress' murder.

Dela Paz has been charged in court along with several others for Blanca's murder on November 7, 2001 at the Pasig Regional Trial Court. She was reportedly seen by a witness, Rannie Francisco, with the actress on November 6, 2001 between 5 and 6 p.m.

Torres came with dela Paz who was with her lawyer Public Attorneys Office Chief Atty. Persida Rueda-Acosta and talked with Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez in a closed door meeting.

After the meeting Torres said her mother would not want to see dela Paz charged for the murder.

"Mahal na mahal po namin ang Tita Elena. Kilala po namin ang taong ito. (We love Aunt Elena very much. We know her)," Torres said.

Torres added that her grandmother Crescencia, who had died in 2005, told the family that dela Paz was with her at the time when Francisco has reportedly seen her.

"Rannie, if you're listening right now. Think again, I know that you're lying," Torres said.

Gonzalez however could not say if the department would pull out dela Paz from charge list but said, in theory, that she could be, for as long as the trial has not been terminated.

"There was no commitment to Kay or to whomever," Gonzalez said.

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