Ortega widow says murder case still on


MANILA, Philippines – The widow of slain broadcaster and environmentalist Gerry Ortega clarified on Thursday that the murder case is still on against the suspects in her husband’s murder, former Palawan governor Joel Reyes and his brother, former Coron Mayor Mario Reyes.

Patricia Ortega, her lawyer Alex Avisado, and Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn convened the press conference in Makati City, following the Court of Appeals decision, based on a technicality, to invalidate a second panel convened by Justice Sec. Leila de Lima to reinvestigate the case.

But “the murder case is still pending in Palawan, the arrest warrants are in effect, and there is still a reward of P2 million each for the fugitive Reyes brothers,” Patricia clarified, in a statement.

“The initial stories and headlines gave the impression that the fugitive Reyes brothers have been exonerated or have been declared not guilty. We were initially led to believe that the warrant of arrest has been quashed and that the brothers will surface soon,” she said.

“It is now quite apparent that this was a conscious disinformation from Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, legal counsel of the hiding Reyeses, who broke the news to the media on the day the decision was promulgated,” she added.

She called on Topacio to stop doing “trials by publicity.”

“Let’s just settle this in court,” she said.

Patricia said that she only spoke out two days after the CA decision was released so she can study it closer. “Our hearts were broken upon hearing what had happened … however, a closer reading of the CA ruling put these perceptions to rest for now,” she said.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GQSYFVSBGR5SPTD6PDYOMERF7U Princess Del rosario

    Magising na kayo. Lalabas na ang magkapatid. Isang hakbang na lang. Dada lang kayo ng dada! Ginagamit lang kayo ng epal…..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K4CFU6PCUNJNF5DV4EYNQZRMGE Mariel Dela cruz

    wala ng case kc wala ng basis ang RTC ng pinanggalingan ng warrant of arrest kc null and void ang 2nd panel. iaatras na lang ng judge ang warant of arrets ka invalid na ang warrant. hndi kami nag-aral pero ganon lng yun kadali intindihen. toma-toma na ang reyes bradahhh!

  • Mitch Ilano

    To Patricia Ortega:

    Hanap kayo ng hanap sa mga Reyes eh ang totong killer nasa tabi mo lang. Yan o, yang German Mayor ng PP!

  • Jose Manuel Cruz

    It should definitely be on. The DoJ should not stop until justice is served. But it should consider other individuals as suspects, not just pushing the Reyes’.

    Apparently the administration or the DoJ didn’t agree with the panel that they created, and had to create another panel whose decision they finally agreed. But unfortunately, the courts disagreed with them. 

    It’s clear that the DoJ and the administration is hell bent on persecuting the Reyes’ instead of bringing to light the true mastermind, which raises the question on whether this case is really about justice or just another witch hunt.

  • Jerry De Jesus

    “She called on Topacio to stop doing “trials by publicity.”
    “Let’s just settle this in court,” she said.” – wow! The Ortegas and Hagedorn have been the ones who manipulated the media before. They used Anda, Cohen, and those unknown broadcasters in Puerto to discredit and demonize Gov. Joel Reyes.  Now that the CA has ruled in favor of the Reyeses, they want the media to keep silent?

    Did Atty. Topacio said that the case has been dismissed? That the warrant has been lifted? In fact, his first statement was he is going to file a motion to quash in RTC Puerto because by simple logic, there is no case because there is no probable cause. Is it that hard to understand?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZJZ72OI7UWVZ7ZUXMRB4I7NQTE Charles Cornel

    Let the law run its due course.
    With no manipulation, no buying off witnesses and paying off investigators, no
    more peddling of lies in the media by your paid hacks – i’m looking at you Moustache
    Mayor and Mr. Illegal Logger – 2 prominent politicians who highly benefits from
    the shift of balance in the political landscape of Palawan when they have
    successfully implicated the Reyes’ in the murder of Doc Gerry.


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZC62TWJFZSCMPR2YA7Q6IAT654 Joseph Pajarillo

    The CA’s decision is one step closer
    to the truth. Time to find justice for Doc Gerry. TIme to find justice for the
    Reyes brothers. TIme to find the real perpetrators of this crime. And a lot
    more. Time to make these power hungry politicians who have been  lording
    it over in Puerto Princesa pay. 


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/KD6GA3O5P23G2UZJXNHUXMXNWQ Ruth Dela rosa

    The CA already nullified the 2nd panel the DOJ
    created that recommended the filing of criminal
    charges against Joel Reyes and
    Marjo Reyes therefore making their findings
    invalid and in turn makes the
    arrest warrant also invalid.  You cannot
    a person if there is no sufficient evidence to
    tie them to the crime, that’s
    just illegal.  So why the heck is Ortega’s
    lawyer claiming otherwise?  Why can’t
    they just admit defeat and go look for the real
    criminals somewhere else, say
    for example Puerto Princesa?  



  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NN7VYVTPI7PRNGXI3IZZ3UM3NM Helen De castro

    The CA has already declared
    that the 2nd panel, who recommended the filing of the murder case, void from
    the beginning. What is then the basis for the murder charges against the

    Who then found probable
    cause so that the court can hear the case? This will create a dangerous
    precedent if the RTC won’t dismiss the case. There is no probable cause but
    there is still a case? 




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