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Daraga Mayor Baldo faces murder raps over Batocabe slay

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, April 4th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Daraga town Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday indicted Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo who was tagged in the killing of Ako Bicol Party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe.

Baldo and five others were charged with two counts of murder as well as six counts of attempted murder at a court in Legazpi, Albay, according to DOJ Acting Prosecutor General Richard Fadullon.

Other suspects also facing charges were Christopher Naval, Jaywin Babor, Henry Yuson, Rolando Arimando and Emmanuelle Roselle.

Baldo was tagged as the mastermind in the killing of Batocabe who was shot dead while attending a gift-giving event for senior citizens in Daraga town last December 22, 2018.

His security detail, PO1 Orlando Diaz, also died in the incident.

Batocabe was eyeing the mayoral seat of Daraga in the 2019 polls prior to his assassination.

READ: Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo tagged as mastermind in Rep. Batocabe’s slay

Authorities have arrested Baldo on January 22, 2019 after unlicensed firearms were found inside his residence during a search operation.

He was temporarily released from detention weeks later after posting a bail of P3 million.

READ: Suspended Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo out on bail

The alleged gunman, Henry Yuson, claimed Baldo offered P5 million for Batocabe’s assassination so he could keep his mayoral post.

Baldo has repeatedly denied the allegation. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Grace Casin)

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Albay under state of calamity due to El Niño

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, April 13th, 2019

The province of Albay in Bicol region has been placed under state of calamity due to the effects of the El Niño phenomenon.

Based on the report of the Provincial Agriculture Office, the intense heat has damaged corn and rice crops in the region amounting to P125 million.

Heavily hit were the municipalities of Oas, Camalig, Pio Duran, Polangui, Ligao, Daraga, and Legazpi.

Apart from damage to agriculture, the heat also dried up irrigation channels.

Danny Garcia, Spokesperson for the Albay provincial government, has assured they have prepared assistance for affected farmers, including vegetable seeds that could be easily grown with less water.

“We have enough funds to help the farmers for their livelihood programs and to give them seedlings for root crops or other kinds of plant that they can plant which does not need much water,” Garcia said.

Camarines Sur, which is also in Bicol, has earlier declared a state of calamity also due to the effects of El Niño. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Allan Manansala)

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Baldo asks Duterte, DOJ: ‘Review Batocabe slay case’

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

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.

READ: Daraga Mayor Baldo faces murder raps over Batocabe slay

Baldo was tagged as the mastermind in the killing of Batocabe who was shot dead while attending a gift-giving event for senior citizens in Daraga town last December 22, 2018.

His security detail, PO1 Orlando Diaz, also died in the incident.

Batocabe was eyeing the mayoral seat of Daraga in the 2019 polls prior to his assassination.

READ: Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo named as mastermind in Rep. Batocabe’s slay

Baldo was arrested in January 2019 after unlicensed firearms were found inside his residence during a search operation.

He was later released after posting a bail of P3 million.

READ: Suspended Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo out on bail

“Inosente po ako at wala po akong kinalaman sa nasabing kaso. Bilang pulitiko, di ko po kailanman naging gawain na gamitan ng puwersa ang aking mga katunggali,” he said.

(I am innocent and I am not involved in the said case. As a politician, I have never used force against my rivals.)

Baldo also said that those behind the crime wanted to get rid of him although he refused to divulge any name.

“Habang lumalapit ang election ay dumadami po ang intelligence report na nagsasabing may mga taong nais akong patahimikin,” he said.

(As the local election nears, intelligence reports are piling up which state about the attempts of some people to silence me)

Atty. Merito Fernandez, Baldo’s lawyer, also insisted that the case should have been dismissed because of numerous inconsistencies made by witnesses and evidence gathered by investigators.

Fernandez also pointed out that the autopsy report conducted on Batocabe’s body does not match the testimony given by the alleged gunman, Henry Yuson, who said he shot the late lawmaker four times.

Yuson and four others, namely Christopher Naval, Jaywin Babor, Rolando Arimando and Emmanuelle Roselle were also charged with murder and attempted murder over Batocabe slay. – Robie de Guzman

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Pistol used in Batocabe slay recovered from fishpond in Ligao City, Albay

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019


Authorities have found ‪the caliber .45 gun that Henry Yuson allegedly used to assasinate AKO Bicol Partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe. It was recovered from a fish pond in Ligao City, Albay. The gun was purportedly thrown into the water by another suspect, Christopher Naval alias “Tuping”.

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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