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)