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

Marje Pelayo   •   January 3, 2019   •   6059


A photograph of Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is now facing charges of double murder and six counts of frustrated murder along with six other suspects for being the mastermind in the high-profile murder of Ako Bicol Party list Rep. Rodel Batocabe and his police aide, SPO1 Orlando Diaz.

Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief DG Oscar Albayalde confirmed on Thursday (January 3) that Mayor Baldo was the man behind the crime according to the testimonies of two suspects-turned-witnesses who are in their custody.

“Itong mga ito are all under the payroll of the mayor as personal staff using fictitious names. This one is a rebel returnee and all the rest are rebel returnees and CAFGU (members) and all the rest are ex-military personnel,” Albayalde said.

Based on witnesses’ accounts, it was Mayor Baldo who financed the gunmen’s firearms and getaway vehicles.

First to surface was Emmanuel Judavar who confessed his participation in the planning of the assassination of Congressman Batocabe. He, however, decided to withdraw from the plan before it is was executed. Judavar was among the two whom the PNP turned into witnesses.

Following Judavar was the second suspect-turned-witness, Christopher Naval alias ‘Tuping’, a trusted aide of Mayor Baldo, also surrendered and confessed that Mayor Baldo offered P5 million in exchange for the lawmaker’s assassination.

Naval confirmed that the Mayor gave them P250,000 to purchase a gun and a motorcycle.

After Judavar and Naval came Emmanuel Rosello alias ‘Boboy’ who also surrendered.

Rosello served as a driver of one of the getaway vehicles.

Meanwhile, the rest of the gunmen are still at large.

They have been identified as Henry Yuson alias ‘Romel’; a certain ‘Eno’; Rolando Arimado; and back-up drivers Jaywin Babor and Danilo Muella.

Albayalde said the group’s first attempt to assassinate Cong. Batocabe was in August when the lawmaker announced his bid for the local mayoralty race.

“Noong August na iyon ang plan, doon dapat sa pinupuntahan niyang radio station na naging pattern na ni dating Congressman Batocabe,” Albayalde revealed.

With this development, Albayalde ordered the cancellation of the Mayor Baldo’s License to Own and Possess Firearm (LTOPF) and Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence (PTCFOR) and he was stripped of his police powers.

The PNP Chief also requested the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to place Mayor Baldo and the six suspects on the BI’s lookout bulletin.

Also, charges of double murder and six counts of frustrated murder have already been filed against Mayor Baldo and the six other suspects. The PNP is now awaiting the release of a warrant of arrest against them.

“We will follow what the court will say. Kung bigyan tayo ng outright na warrant of arrest, we will serve the warrant of arrest immediately,” the PNP Chief said.

Meanwhile, Cong. Batocabe’s eldest son, Atty. Justin and the rest of the Batocabe family are grateful for the efforts of the PNP on the immediate resolution of the case.

“I praise the hard work of our fine men and women in uniform. The holidays has been very hard for us and the town of Daraga as well as the province of Albay. These fruits of hard labor of our investigative bodies are very much welcome and we have nothing to say but thank you. Thank you very much,” the relieved son said.

The PNP, however, cannot consider the case as closed, according to Albayalde.

“This case, we consider it solved but not closed because some of the suspects are not yet to be arrested,” Albayalde concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Daraga Mayor Baldo faces murder raps over Batocabe slay

Robie de Guzman   •   April 4, 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)

PNP chief recommends giving P50-M bounty to witness in Batocabe slay

admin   •   January 8, 2019

Photo of crime scene where  AKO Bicol Partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe and his police escort SPO2 Orlando Diaz were shot dead after attending a gift-giving event in Daraga, Albay.
Photo of crime scene where AKO Bicol Partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe and his police escort SPO2 Orlando Diaz were shot dead after attending a gift-giving event in Daraga, Albay.

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief PDG Oscar Albayalde is in favor of giving the P50-M reward money to Emmanuel Judavar, the witness in the assassination of AKO Bicol Partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe and his police escort SPO2 Orlando Diaz.

However, the PNP chief added that Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año has yet to green-light the granting of said bounty.

But if it were up to him, Albayalde said the reward money should go to Judavar whose testimony prompted the investigation into the lawmaker’s brutal death.

“Siya ang tatanggap doon sa ibibigay na reward kasi sa kanya naman lahat nagsimula ‘yun. Remember ‘yung involvement niya ay last August pa and then humiwalay siya sa grupo ni Mayor Baldo,” said Albayalde.

It will be recalled that Judavar was the first one who surrendered to the police for his alleged role in hatching the assassination but not the actual killing, which he claims, he had no part in.

Judavar was the one who named the seven prime suspects, including alleged mastermind, Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo.

All suspects who surrendered also confirmed that Mayor Baldo allegedly offered P5 million for the assassination of Cong. Batocabe. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

Daraga Mayor can still run in the elections despite party’s withdrawal of nomination – Comelec

Marje Pelayo   •   January 7, 2019

Albay Mayor Carlwyn Bald

MANILA, Philippines – The Partido LAKAS-Christian-Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) dropped Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo’s nomination for the mayoralty race in the coming election.

In a press release issued on Saturday (January 5), the party said it has revoked its certificate of nomination and acceptance (CONA) and support for Baldo after the Philippine National Police (PNP) tagged the mayor as the alleged mastermind in the murder of Ako Bicol party-list congressman Rodel Batocabe and his police aide, SPO1 Orlando Diaz last December 22.

“Lakas-CMD also reaffirmed its commitment to keep the May 13, 2019 midterm elections honest, clean, accurate, meaningful and peaceful amid the expected intense rivalries of candidates,” the press release said.

The matter has reached the Law Department of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as well as the provincial election supervisor of Albay and the municipal election officer of the municipality of Daraga.

According to the poll body, Baldo can still run in the election because the party’s withdrawal of his CONA doesn’t mean disqualification from the race.

“Withdrawal of CONA only means that he might have to run as an independent. It does not disqualify a person with a valid Certificate of Candidacy,” said Comelec Spokesperson Director James Jimenez.

Comelec explained, Baldo can still pursue his bid provided that he is included in the official list of the poll body.

UNTV News and Rescue team has tried to reach the office of Mayor Baldo for a statement but to no avail. – Marje Pelayo | UNTV News and Rescue


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