Bangued RTC orders arrest of town mayor

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MANILA, Philippines—The Bangued Regional Trial Court in Abra province ordered the arrest of Bangued town Mayor Ryan Luna on Tuesday.

Luna is facing a case for murder in connection with the death of Brenda Crisologo, who was killed inside a school during the May 2007 elections.

Luna has been charged with murder after the Department of Justice through Justice Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III granted the petition for review filed by Edwin Crisologo Sr., husband of the victim to include Luna as co-accused in the case already with the Banged RTC Branch 2.

The DoJ reversed its earlier finding after witnesses including Cleverosa Zapata submitted her affidavit stating that she saw Luna talking to the victim. When the alleged gunman arrived, despite the presence of other people, he signalled with his right hand on top his head and pointed to the victim. After Luna left, the gunman, Totoy Buyao shot Crisologo.

Crisologo was killed inside Holy Spirit Academy in Bangued while monitoring the counting of ballots during the May 2007 elections.

Prosecutor General Claro Arellano said no bail was recommended for Luna.

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  • Horst Manure

    2007 why the rush? the Judiciary is about as impotent as 110 yr old man on Viagra and effective as glass eye.

  • Anqui

    Granted that the wheels of justice in the Philippines run very slow, but it is comforting to see that criminal cases like this which involves the High and Almighty in provinces do not die with out resolution. I hope that witnesses do not blink when money is wave before their eyes. Abra is one of the hot beds of political killings and it must stop!!!

  • opinyonlangpo

    If it happened in 2007 during election, how come it took six looong years for the arrest warrant to come. It seems this mayor is running for reelection and the opponent is a bit creative. The timing is not coincidence, it is politically motivated. Dirty politics.

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