[In the news] Arrest warrants out vs ex-Palawan gov, other suspects in Ortega murder -InterAksyon.com

Arrest warrants out vs ex-Palawan gov, other suspects in Ortega murder
by Elmer Badilla, special to InterAksyon.com
March 27, 2012

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines — (UPDATE 2 – 9:27 p.m.) A Palawan trial court has issued a warrant of arrest against former Palawan governor Joel Reyes, his brother Corona mayor Mario, and former provincial administrator Romeo Seratubias for the January 24, 2011 murder of broadcaster and environmentalist Gerardo Ortega.

Lawyer Alex Avisado Jr., who represents the Ortega family, said Seratubias was arrested around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Bail has been denied the accused.

Earlier, Judge Angelo Arizala of Puerto Princese RTC branch 52 also issued arrest warrants against Valentin “Percival” Lecias and Arturo Regalado, both former aides of the ex-governor.

Aside from this, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has ordered immigration officials to monitor any attempts by Reyes and the four other accused to leave the country.

The former governor had been tagged as the mastermind of the Ortega murder by his former bodyguard, Rodolfo “Bumar” Edrad, who confessed to organizing the hit team that killed the broadcaster in broad daylight as he shopped for clothing in Puerto Princesa City.

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