Palawan ex-gov Reyes still in PH, says Robredo


MANILA, Philippines—Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo has good reason to believe that former Palawan governor Joel Reyes is still in the country despite futile efforts of police teams to find him.

Robredo said an “immigration advisory was given long before” the arrest warrant came out against Reyes and others implicated in the murder of environmentalist and radio broadcaster Gerry “Doc Gerry” Ortega.

“(We) have good reason to believe he still is (in the country). (We) will just have to intensify efforts,” Robredo replied in a text message Monday when asked whether he believed Reyes was still in the country.

Meanwhile the Philippine National Police sidestepped a rebuke from Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, who told reporters on Monday that the PNP’s continued failure to arrest high-profile fugitives like Reyes and retired Army general Jovito Palparan Jr. was an “embarrassment.”

Sought for comment, PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. said the PNP “is doing its best to accomplish its mandate.”

“It will press on with the manhunt operations (for) Palparan, the Reyeses and all other fugitives from the law. It will be much better though if a concerted effort is exerted by all law enforcement agencies and the community as well,” he said in a text message.

The Palawan Regional Trial Court Branch 52 ordered last week the arrest of Reyes, his brother incumbent Coron Mayor Mario Reyes Jr., provincial government employees Arturo Regalado and Percival Lecias for the murder of Ortega in Puerto Princesa in January 2011.

The police have already arrested former Palawan Provincial Administrator Romeo Seratubias, another co-accused in the killing of Ortega.

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  • mangtom

    Sabi ni Reyes, he will surface “in due time”.

  • mel bercel

    why be a fugitive if one thinks is innocent. i can understand if the government is harassing you like sen ping lacson. here, the case is about the loved ones and friends of dr gerry ortega is seeking for justice. mr reyeses, you are innocent until proven guilty so have the courage and the balls to state your case in the court of law and claim your innocence. otherwise your action of flight is just proving yourselves guilty and showing yourselves as cowards…cowards…cowards.

  • Pedro_Gil

    This is the same case as when Lacson was hiding.  The military said “Sir, paano mahahanap di naman talaga hinahanap.”
    Should you think somebody should be identified as in-charge of the manhunt by now?  If not Bartolome should be responsible.  In 6 months time, there are still no arrest. heads should roll.

  • oracle888

    I suggest that Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo should make a courtesy call to Senator Lacson  and ask for advice on how and where to track down the fugitives Reyes brothers. Remember, Lacson shall have very good hands on experience in how to evade the authority and avoid arrested,

    I believe Reyes with his connection may already slip out of the country through the back doors in Palawan or Zamboanga. I wonder why has the foreign service office not cancelled their passport yet so they cannot used them in other countries.

    He can only run and hide in places where the people there do not have access to the Philippines news and have no access to the “Wanted” NOTICE. Otherwise, someone is going to recognize him and report it to the authority. Ensure that there is no insider in the authority that would inform him on the hunting operation which could enable him to run before the arrival of the law enforcers. Also be sure there is a hot line that can be used by the public/informer to report his where about.

    Something must be wrong in our law enforcement system or personnel when after several months, fugitives Palparan and Reyeses are continue to be outside the dragnet of law. This would not be happened in the United States and many other countries. Our government shall look into the causes and bring the suspects to justice.

    It is in the Philippines that only influential, rich and powerful people could enjoy the special treatment from our law. Another example is the 8-titles boxing winner Pacquiao and his income tax drama in which he threaten to transfer his income tax district to different location such as Manila and Pasig where he can pay much lower taxes instead of that in Mindanao. I really don’t understand is why is he doing the forum shopping when our internal revenue code is supposed to be the same in the country. If he can paid millions of pesos less in other BIR district, something must be wrong with that district. Apparently there is a human factor involved in the calculation of his taxes.

    Well, our tax code is clear. Commissioner Henares should ensure that the same calculation be enforced through out every collection district.

  • ddano

    He is still on earth for that matter, so FIND him and ARREST him ASAP.  So what if Robredo thinks j.reyes is in the Philippines, what the people want to hear is that this guy is collared by Robredo’s Manhunt Team(kunu).

  • linobog

    We need to collar him soonest…..including ECLEO, etc..

  • oracle888

     Honestly speaking, it is really hard to find good people in the government system. What I means to say is not we cannot find government officials who can do the job well, what I really means is we can hardly find government officials with good moral character as a person and ethically  impeccable as a government employer.

    The greed, arrogant and ignorant with the negative elements of our culture have infested these people for decades. Either the systems and the officials are bad such that each affected one another that leads to our current dilemma, if not a hopeless case.

    Many times I felt so frustrated and disappointed, and would want to give up but then when I see the innocent children whose futures are at stake, I decided to continue my quest to awaken those people to realize that our country is heading to disaster, that something seriously need to be done.

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