Actor Richard Gutierrez attended the arraignment of his “Reckless Imprudence Resulting to Homicide” case on November 28, Thursday, in which he pleaded “not guilty.” The said arraignment was held at the sala of Judge Tomas H. Torneros Jr., acting presiding judge of the 2nd Municipal Circuit Trial Court of Silang-Amadeo at Silang, Cavite.

According to a PEP.ph report, the actor was allegedly linked to a vehicle accident, which unfortunately resulted in the death of his personal assistant, Nomar Pardo, in Mayo 22, 2009. Richard was reportedly driving a Nissan GT-R sedan that rammed into a PLDT post and several trees in Sta. Rosa, Tagaytay Road. Nomar left behind his wife and two kids.

Both parties, however, remained tight-lipped on the details of the closed-door hearing. Lorayne Pardo, Nomar's widow, and her legal counsel, Atty. J. Ricardo H. Moreño, also declined to weigh in on the case at the moment.

“We’re preparing a written statement. Will give you once it’s finished. Thanks,” Atty. Moreño later texted PEP.ph

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“This is the arraignment of my client, Richard Gutierrez, and the information was read to him in a language known to him and he pleaded not guilty. So, they will address the possibility of settling the case. That’s the purpose of mediation for the civil aspect of the case,” Attorney Marie Glen Abraham, Richard's lawyer, said.

The second hearing for the case is scheduled on February 9, 2014.

“Both parties will attend at the Philippine Mediation Center at Tagaytay, and let’s see what will gonna happen to the parties, if they can settle the civil aspect of the case. 'Yung procedure kasi, for example, magkaayos sila sa mediation, even the criminal aspect will likewise be dismissed (If both parties would be able to agree on the civil aspect of the case. According to the procedure, for example, if both parties, would be able to settle matters during mediation, even the criminal aspect of the case will likewise be dismissed),” Atty. Abraham added.

Richard also declined to comment on his case.

Itanong niyo kay Jollibee (Ask [the fast-food mascot] Jollibee),” he was quoted as saying. The actor was also reported to have scratched his head with his middle finger when he noticed that a TV crew aiming their cameras at him.

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(Photo courtesy of PEP.ph)

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