DOJ probes death of alleged lookout in Ortega murder case



MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice will launch an investigation into the death of Dennis Aranas, the alleged lookout in the hit team in the Gerry Ortega murder, a report on Radyo Inquirer 990 AM said Thursday.

According to the report, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said the DOJ probe will determine the cause of death of Aranas.

Aranas was found dead by strangulation at the Lucena provincial jail last Wednesday morning, according to the wife of the victim.

Aranas was the second witness in the slaying of the Palawan journalist to die. The first witness, Valentin Lecias, died last year due to liver failure. John Daryl Dimalanta

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  • virgoyap

    If he was one of the witnesses then why was he imprisoned?

    • Jane Tan

      “alleged lookout in the hit team in the Gerry Ortega murder”

  • Fred

    Bakit hindi nag apply ang lookout na si Dennis as a state witness and be covered under the witness protection program?

  • Danilo Navarro

    dati nasa proteksiyon witness yan kaso inalis ng doj yan ang ngyari..dedo…kaya sino pa ang mangangahas mag tistigo kung ganyan ang nangyayari

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