Wife, brother likely to substitute Cong. Batocabe in mayoralty race

Marje Pelayo   •   January 17, 2019   •   427

FILE PHOTO: Gertie Batocabe, wife of late solon Rodel Batocabe

MANILA, Philippines – The Batocabe family is finalizing their decision as to who will replace slain Congressman Rodel Batocabe in the Daraga, Albay mayoralty race in May.

According to Atty. Justine, the lawmaker’s eldest son, they are still discussing within the family who between his mother Girtie and his uncle Dennis will run as substitute for his father’s mayoralty bid in the upcoming local polls.

Justine said they preferred to defer the announcement in consideration of the substitute candidate’s safety.

“Isang aspetong pang seguridad rin ito na kung sino ang ia-announce namin na tatakbo baka siya ang susunod na target,” Atty. Justine concluded – 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)


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