Daraga mayor Carlwyn Baldo eludes arrest
DARAGA, Philippines — Police tried to arrest Daraga mayor Carlwyn Baldo for murder charges at his residence in Tagas village here on Monday, but the town’s chief executive was not home.
Baldo and five other suspects are facing double murder and six attempted murder charges for the killing of Ako Bicol Partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe and his police security aide, SPO2 Orlando Diaz, on December 22, 2018.
Lieutenant Colonel Rodelon Betita, Daraga police chief, along with Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) personnel, led the serving of the warrant of arrest issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 10 Judge Maria Theresa G. San Juan Loquillano.
However, the police were not able to apprehend Baldo after his wife Romela told them that she had “no idea where her husband was.”
“Maybe he is in [the] campaign sorties,” she told the police.
Betita said they won’t stop until Baldo, who is seeking reelection in the upcoming midterm polls, is arrested.
Romela believes that the release of the arrest warrant is politically motivated, especially since election is a week away.
“I truly believe, you know, ultimately God is in control,” she said.
As of 4:09 p.m. Monday, Baldo is yet to be arrested by police.
Batocabe was running against Baldo in the Daraga mayoral race when he was killed. His widow Gertrudes is now running for mayor in Daraga. /ee
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