Former Palawan gov., 4 others face murders raps for broadcaster’s slay

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Former Palawan Governor Joel T. Reyes INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DoJ) has reversed itself and ordered the filing of a murder case against former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes and four others in connection with the death of broadcaster and environmentalist Gerry Ortega.

Last year, the DoJ dismissed the case against Reyes, former Marinduque Governor Jose Carreon, Coron Mayor Mario Reyes, lawyer Romeo Seratubias, Arturo Regalado and Percival Lecias.

But Justice Secretary Leila De Lima ordered a re-investigation of the case after complainant, Ortega’s widow, Dr. Patria Ortega submitted additional evidence to support their allegations.

In its latest resolution, the DoJ only excluded Carreon from the case for insufficiency of evidence.

“After the reinvestigation and evaluation of the evidence adduced by both parties, the new panel arrived at the conclusion that the additional evidence offered by the complainant are relevant in appreciating other pieces of evidence previously submitted by the parties during the first preliminary investigation and that such additional evidence are sufficient to modify the initial findings of the previous panel,” said the DoJ panel of investigators, led by Assistant State Prosecutor Steward Allan Mariano and which was approved by Prosecutor General Claro Arellano.

Ortega was killed last Jan. 24, 2011 in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

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  • http://fables.boxpinoy.com/ Lucky Luciano

    YEHEY DOC GERRY!!!! JUSTICE FOR DOC GERRY!!!!

  • mmm choco

    good … president abnoy  should support ‘NO Mining ‘in Palawan.. why do people not hear him say this???.when 5 million people and more  wants it stopped???

  • rjd517

    is this corona style?…………………

    • mmm choco

        flip floping  comes to mind..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TFNGUIV72VHZ7WKJSRCVUNRTQA Sorry Guys

    Many many souls are crying for justice…..

    Many many decisions have to be reversed.

    In this country you can buy a favorable decision, TRO you name it…

    Can we expect a TOTAL U TURN to that perception with P-Noy as a leader to make history? 

    I am sure he has the blessings of his parents who sacrificed a lot to save this country and gave us hope. Let that dream be alive…….

    • mmm choco

      until reality bites you in the assssss

  • trav man

    bring back the death penalty.

  • KonsensyaNgBayan

    Justice for Gerry, Justice for All Palaweno`s!!!…Justice for All Filipinos who Love this Country, the Environment and the Natural Resources….Maraming Salamat, Gerry!!!….You did not die in Vain…

  • bagombong

    Many many ways to eluded a justice especially influential people…malakas sa judges…kulang ang ebidensiya…but actually they know the truth that they did it…kaya nga yung iba ..instead of filing cases..they just do it by themselves, its the easiest way…kasi bago mo makuha ang justice…count on years…eh..alam na ang lahat na sila ang may gawa, pero laya sila…why need to file cases if this are the people who did it,…

  • jm20_510

    The former governor Joel Reyes is the WORST GOVERNOR OF PALAWAN in history!
    Reyes, with his board of governor colleagues during his administration, manipulated the natural gas contract of Palawan in exchange of funding that former PGMA injected to his projects. In other words, he sold Palawan for his self-interest without informing the people of Palawan. The issue was been escalated to the Supreme Court. Also Reyes and all of his colleagues never win in the last election.And the broadcaster and environmentalist Gerry Ortega and his friends gathered/gathering evidences that will put the former Governor to jail. With that, Reyes have all the motives to murder Dr. Ortega. Broadcaster Ortega is his mortal enemy, from gas to mining issue, etc.

  • rickysgreyes

    Thank God for justice. Mabuhay po kayo Sec. De Lima and PNoy. How the Filipinos thirst for this type of governance. We cry to the heavens for justice, let us now run after those who have murdered and pillaged the beloved motherland. Let’s get those SC justices who have sold their souls OUT

  • TinimbangNgunitKulang

    Bravo! It’s the right thing to do.

  • Fulpol

    Last year, si De Lima yata ang DOJ Sec.. ngayon, reverse ang decision niya…

    De Lima should always declare in her decision, not finality your honor…

    anyway, ang ganyang klaseng crime ay hindi dapat maging haste ang investigation.. imagine, family na mismo ng victim ang nagtratrabahong maghanap ng ebidensya laban sa suspect, at hindi na ang mga pulis…

    bakit ganun? hindi na pulis ang naghahanap ng ebidensya kundi ang family na ng victim?? di ko ma-imagine.. wow..

    bawal muna ang
    hahahah
    hahahah
    hahahhah

    • JJF724

      U G O K …. HINDI MO BA BINASA NA NANG SUBMIT NANG NEW EVIDENCE… G A G O …. WAH …..
      show more

  • bitoypalaboy

    Buti naman at nakapag isip ka pa din ng tama Ms. de Lima.  Wag ka masyadong magdididkit sa mga usaping pulitika kase para mas nakaka pag isip ka ng mga patas na desisyon. 

    Kung tutuusin matagal na dapat itong naging aksyon mo.  Pero salamat na lang at binaliktad mo din. Sana hindi pa huli ang lahat. At sana ang lahat ng batas sa Pilipinas ay maging patas at di nakakiling lang sa pulitika at mga malalakas sa gobyerno.

    • JJF724

      U G O K …. HINDI MO BA BINASA NA NANG SUBMIT NANG NEW EVIDENCE… G A G O …. WAH …..
      show more

      • bitoypalaboy

        HOY UNGAS!!  Kamag anak mo ba to?!  Kaya pala pare pareho lang reply mo. 

        Ikaw baka ikaw na yan Gov. Reyes na KRIMINAL…  HAHA bilang na ang masasaya mong araw maghihimas ka na ng malamig rehas.. BWAHAHAHA….

      • bitoypalaboy

        SUMUKO KA NA GOV! Sino ngayon ang UGOK! Me warrant of arrest ka na. Kung me premyo lang ulo mo ako na hahanap sa yo!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OHOD5EA75DBBUH53UKLRXRK764 Mang Teban

    Better late than never. Strong evidence since last year pointed to the mastermind, Gov. Joel Reyes of Palawan. He should not escape prosecution regardless which political party or fraternity (if ever) he is affiliated.

    Mahirap sa panahon ngayon na napagtatakpan ang katotohanan dahil lamang sa ka-alyado sa pulitika o ka-brod sa frat.

    I signed for  the petition for Gerry Ortega in his crusade to stop activities that threatened the rich biodiversity in Palawan and neighboring provinces. Lives have to be sacrificed before government authorities are jolted with the resounding voices of those who have gone to the next beyond. I am beginning to think that the alarming rise of murders, not only of journalists but also of other civilians, has pushed the DOJ to look closer to the case of Gerry Ortega.

    Tama na po ang mga estilo na “case closed” inaanunsyo kahit na di pa tiyak kung natiklo na talaga ang mga salarin at masterminds. Di naman importante ang may mai-presentang suspects. Higit na mahalaga na tunay na mga may sala ang mahuli at humarap sa korte.

  • MASSKARA53

    Ano pa ang inaantay ng gobyerno e FIRING SQUAD nayan at ng mabawasan ang mga masasamang tao dyan sa pilipinas isama na pati grupo ni GMA lalo na si CORONA.

  • wawa2172

    Flip-flopping De Lima? No surprised, she would lose lots of votes if she won’t do it. Justice must be served against the killers of Ortega. Powerful politician were behind it but the DoJ and the PNP did not pursue in finding strong evidences that would pin down the powerful politician behind the killings. Thanks that Mrs. Ortega pursued the case and it is heartbreaking that she has to do the job of an investigator to gather evidences against the killers. The DoJ and the PNP are inutile as far as Ortega’s case. To avoid back lashed from the people both government agencies about face on their earlier decision. Well, lusot na sana ang mga pumasalang kay Ortega dahil kay De Lima. 

    • JJF724

      U G O K ….  HINDI MO BA BINASA NA NANG SUBMIT NANG NEW EVIDENCE…  G A G O …. WAH …..   

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/5WWEDKQBWGP7RQK4ARQ7YED4VI Wang Yu

        IKAW ANG U G O K, HINDI KA YATA MARUNONG MAGBASA. SI DRA. PAT ORTEGA ANG NAG PRODUCE NG ADDITIONAL NA EVIDENCE!  EH HNDI BA YUN ANG SINABI NI  wawa2172

      • wawa2172

        I just wonder if you understand my post. You are also too polite and not watching your words in your response. You need an hydrochloric acid to wash your mouth. You mental capacity may be as small as a molecule. Sorry, but your state of mind could only be accepted in a mental hospital.

  • http://twitter.com/andalampatuan JunjunAmpatuan

    Governor Mitra testified in favor of Ex Gov. Joel Reyes, it only indicates that the Palawan Governor tolerates Criminals. ANg hirap kasi ng may Bakla na Gobernadora…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

    Malacanang accuses Supreme Court of flip flopping decisions but here comes DOJ doing the same thing.

  • Rae_E

    Flip-flopping is fine as long as justice prevails in the end. The wicked forgets that the Ultimate Judge sees everything & knows when to render judgement. May God grant justice to the families of Dr. Ortega, the people of Palawan & the Filipino people. God bless Sec. de Lima – pls. focus on these type of cases!

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