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What Went Before: Gerry Ortega


On January 24, 2011, 47-year-old Palawan broadcaster Gerardo “Gerry” Ortega was shot and killed by a lone assailant while shopping in a used-clothing store in Puerto Princesa City. He sustained bullet wounds in the head and body.

Posted: September 28th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

NBI regional execs: We never said Aranas killed himself

A PHOTOGRAPH of Dennis Aranas, a witness in the murder of Gerry Ortega, taken in January 2011. Members of the police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group provincial office in Palawan took his fingerprints prior to his transfer to the Quezon provincial jail where he was found dead on Feb. 5. REDEMPTO D. ANDA / INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

BATANGAS CITY—The regional medico-legal officer of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) yesterday reacted sharply to criticisms over his findings on the death of a witness in the murder of broadcaster and environmentalist Gerry Ortega, saying he never said that Dennis Aranas committed suicide.   Dr. Antonio Vertido, NBI regional medico-legal officer, said statements made […]

Posted: February 14th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Roxas now finds jail execs’ story on Aranas incredible


Interior Secretary Mar Roxas on Wednesday ordered another investigation of the death of a witness in the murder of broadcaster and environmentalist Gerry Ortega in a jail in Quezon, saying now that he found unbelievable jail officials’ story that Dennis Aranas killed himself.   In a press conference, Roxas said he ordered the new investigation […]

Posted: February 13th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Confessed gunman in Ortega murder case fears transfer to Lucena City jail

Murder suspects Dennis Aranas (L) and Marlon Recamata arrive at the Department of Justice, Manila for the preliminary investigation of the murder case of radio broadcaster Dr. Gerry Ortega in this February 2011 file photo. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Marlon Recamata, the triggerman in the Gerry Ortega murder case, is facing a new murder case in Quezon province that could land him in a similar jail facility where his companion, Dennis Aranas, died under mysterious circumstances.

Posted: February 10th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Witness’ death won’t weaken case vs ex-gov, says DOJ chief

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. FILE PHOTO

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Friday said the death of the alleged lookout in the hit team that murdered Palawan environmentalist-broadcaster Gerardo “Doc Gerry” Ortega would not affect the case that the government is pursuing against the culprits.

Posted: February 9th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »