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Pistol used in Batocabe slay recovered in a septic tank in Pili, CamSur

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2019

Parts of the pistol allegedly used in the killing of Cong. Rodel Batocabe | Photo by PNP -CIDG

Parts of the pistol allegedly used in the killing of Cong. Rodel Batocabe | Photo by PNP -CIDG

CAMARINES SUR, Philippines —The Philippine National Police (PNP) recovered parts of cal. 45 pistol allegedly used in the assassination of Ako Bicol Party list Rep. Rodel Batocabe from a septic tank in Zone 5, Barangay Sto. Niño, in the municipality of Pili on Thursday (January 10).

Members of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) headed by PSSupt. Arnold Ardiente and members of the regional police recovered pistol slide and barrel; two magazines; and 20 bullets from the septic tank located at the backyard of Emmanuel Rosello, one of the drivers in the crime.

The recovery operation was conducted in the presence of Punong Barangay Erwin Borja and Rosello’s sisters Lenny and Jenalyn as well as their mother Veronica.

The recovered pieces of evidence were presently under the custody of PNP Crime Laboratory Office in Camarines Sur for laboratory examination. – Marje Pelayo

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Daraga Mayor Baldo faces murder raps over Batocabe slay

by Robie de Guzman   |   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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Gunman, back-up driver in Batocabe slay yielded to authorities

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2019


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – One of the gunmen in the murder of Ako Bicol Party list Rep. Rodel Batocabe voluntarily yielded to authorities on Friday (January 4).

PCSupt. Amador Corpus of the PNP-CIDG confirmed that ex-Army Henry Yuson alias Rommel surrendered to the Army Headquarters in Sorsogon on Thursday (January 3).

“He is now at CIDG custody at pinoproseso na po at kinukunan ng salaysay. Of course, Henry Yuson has a standing warrant for rape and no bail recommended. Once na matapos ang proseso sa amin, he will be turned over to the court of origin,” The CIDG Director said.

Meanwhile, another suspect Jaymin Babor alias ‘Jie’ also surrendered.

Babor served as one of the back-up drivers of the gunmen’s getaway vehicles after the assassination.

Corpus admitted that the two sent surrender feelers days before they surfaced.

“Meron po ang mga iba and it’s now undertaken by joint SITG, IG and CIDG and hopefully magkaroon pa ng magandang developments,” Corpus revealed.

So far, three suspects are yet to surrender namely Rolando Arimado alias ‘RR’ who was among the gunmen; Danilo Muella alias ‘Manoy Dan’ who was considered an accessory to the crime; and Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo.

Meanwhile, one of the back-up drivers Emmanuel Rosillo alias Boboy already gave his testimony to the police following his arrest on Thursday morning.

He admitted his participation in plotting the assassination of the lawmaker.

“He is now under our custody and the intelligence group at kinukunan na ng salaysay at initially admitted in being involved in the plan,” Corpus said.

The CIDG Director maintained that they did not invent the accusations against Daraga Mayor Baldo.

Naming him as the mastermind was based on the testimonies of the witnesses and the gunmen themselves, according to the PNP official. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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