Ako Bicol Rep. Batocabe shot dead at a gift-giving in Albay
UNTV News • December 22, 2018 • 7073
FILE PHOTO: Ako Bicol Partylist Representative Rodel Batocabe,
ALBAY, Philippines – Ako Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe was shot dead while attending a gift-giving program for senior citizens and PWDs in Barangay Banag, Daraga, Albay around 3:00 pm Saturday (December 22).
His police escort, SPO1 Orlando Diaz, was also shot by still unidentified gunmen.
The victims were rushed to AMEC Hospital in Legaspi City but both were pronounced dead on arrival.
Batocabe is running for mayor in the 2019 polls. — Marje Pelayo / UNTV New Media
DARAGA, Albay – Daraga town Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is now detained at the Legazpi City Jail in Albay after surrendering to the court Friday morning over the murder of Ako Bicol Party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe and his police escort.
The Daraga Police said Baldo voluntarily surrendered to the Legazpi City Regional Trial Court Branch 10 four days after a warrant of arrest was issued against him.
Baldo was accompanied by his family and Lawyer Merito Lovensky Fernandez when he faced the court this morning.
The mayor eluded arrest on Monday when a police team went to his house twice to serve the warrant for his arrest.
Baldo has been tagged as the mastermind in the killing of Batocabe and his aide Police Senior Master Sergeant Orlando Diaz in a gift-giving event in Daraga on December 22, 2018. Six others were injured in the incident.
Meanwhile, the Batocabe family welcomed Baldo’s surrender and expressed gratitude to the police for tracking the mayor.
“We are very happy and grateful to the police, prosecutors and the RTC (Regional Trial Court) for their hard work in putting Mr. Baldo behind bars,” Atty. Justin Batocabe, the son of slain lawmaker, said in a statement.
“This does not hide the fact that he evaded capture for five days. We think our case against him is strong and his evasion adds strength to that as flight is an indication of guilt,” he added.
The widow of slain solon, Gertrudes Batocabe, has joined the Daraga mayoral race as a substitute candidate of her husband.
Incumbent Vice Mayor Victor Perete, who is also gunning for the mayoral post, has been designated officer-in-charge of Daraga, Albay per order of the Department of the Interior and Local Government. (with details from Allan Manansala)
MANILA, Philippines – Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo maintains his innocence in the killing of Ako Bicol Party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe.
In a press conference on Friday, Baldo appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra to review the case and evidence presented, and to find the real perpetrators of the crime.
“Nananawagan ako sa ating mga kinauukulan lalo na higit sa ating Pangulong Duterte at sa ating Secretary of Justice Menardo Guevarra na basahin at rebyuhing mabuti ang kasong ito lalo’t higit ang mga nakalap na physical evidence ng PNP na tukuyin kung sino talaga ang mga taong nasa likod nito,” Baldo said.
(I appeal to authorities, especially to President Duterte and Secretary of Justice Menardo Guevarra to review my case, especially the physical evidence gathered by the Philippine National Police to find the real perpetrators of the crime)
Baldo is facing two counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder before the Legazpi City Regional Trial Court (RTC) in relation to the death of Batocabe.
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) recovered the .45 calibre pistol which jammed on the day of the killing of Ako Bicol Party list Rep. Rodel Batocabe.
The weapon, issued to gunman Henry Yuson alias Henry, was handed over by Yuson to Christopher Naval alias Tuping who dumped the firearm to a fishpond located at Purok 3, Barangay Busay in the municipality of Ligao, Albay.
“According to the witness, ito ang ginamit ni Henry Yuson na nag-jam lang din kaya binunot niya ang caliber 40 na issued firearm niya,” explained Director PCSupt. Amador Corpus of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).
The firearm is undergoing ballistic and cross matching test by the PRO-5 Crime Laboratory.
Meanwhile, Corpus noted that PNP has already filed cases against the alleged mastermind in the case, Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo following his arrest on Tuesday (January 23) for illegal possession of firearms.
Among the firearms recovered from Baldo’s residence were two .45 caliber pistols, ammunition for grenade launcher and Uzi rifle.
Baldo is now facing charges in violation of R.A. 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Act and R.A. 9516 or illegal possession of explosives.
Corpus hopes that the court will rule in their favor especially since the evidence match those from witnesses’ accounts.
“May violations pero disposition ng korte iyan. I hope there is a good disposition. The search warrant is implemeted properly,” Corpus said.
Baldo, meanwhile, is currently confined at UST Hospital in Legaspi City after complaints of hyperventilating on Tuesday evening.
“As per recommendation of the medical team ng Regional Health Service 5 dahil nagkaroon ng allergic reaction at tinamaan ng asthma niya dahil sa detention. parang sabi niya ay dahil sa amoy ng katol,” Corpus said of Baldo. — Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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