Thieves rob Ako Bicol Rep. Garbin’s house in Legaspi City

UNTV News   •   December 23, 2018   •   2645

FILE IMAGE: AKO Bicol Representative Alfredo Garbin Jr profile picture from his official Facebook page

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines — Thieves ransacked the house of Ako Bicol Partylist Rep. Alfredo Garbin Jr in Barangay Buraguis on Sunday (December 23).

According to the initial report by the PNP-PRO5, unknown men entered Garbin’s house through the awning window of the comfort room on the second floor.

The thieves took Garbin’s personal bag containing more than P500,000 worth of cash and checks, wristwatches and other valuables.

The incident happened while Garbin was busy attending the wake of his colleague, Ako Bicol Congressman Rodel Batocabe, who was slain by still unidentified gunmen on Saturday (December 22). – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Casin)

Daraga Mayor Baldo jailed after surrendering over Batocabe slay

Robie de Guzman   •   May 10, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Daraga town Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

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.

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

Members of the hit squad he allegedly contracted all pointed to Baldo as the brains behind Batocabe’s murder.

He is facing charges for murder and attempted murder. The court set his arraignment on May 30.

READ: Daraga Mayor Baldo faces murder raps over Batocabe slay

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)

Two men found dead in the wake of a lawmaker’s murder in Daraga, Albay

UNTV News   •   December 23, 2018

2 unidentified cadavers found in the town of Daraga. (PHOTO BY: PNP PRO 4B)

ALBAY, Philippines – Two unidentified men were found dead on Sunday morning (December 23) in the town of Daraga in the wake of the assassination of AKO Bicol Party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe.

According to the initial police report verified by PSInsp. Richelle Balute, Punong Barangay Roberto Obispo informed the police through a phone call that dead bodies with gunshot wounds on different parts of the body were discovered at a wooden area in Purok 6, Barangay Gabawan.

Obispo said the villagers couldn’t be certain if the men were residents in the area. Investigation is underway and authorities are looking into the links between the two men’s killing to the assassination of Rep. Batocabe in the neighboring Barangay Burgos on Saturday (December 22).

Batocabe and his aide were shot at a gift giving event for senior citizens and persons with disability (PWD) in time for the yuletide celebration.

The two were pronounced dead on arrival at AMEC hospital in Legaspi City after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds. Lawmakers raised P30 million pesos reward for any information that will lead to the capture of Batocabe’s gunmen. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Ako Bicol Rep. Batocabe shot dead at a gift-giving in Albay

UNTV News   •   December 22, 2018

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

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