MANILA, Phillipines – Ten individuals, including former high officials of Palawan and Marinduque provinces, were criminally charged on Monday before the Department of Justice (DOJ) in connection with the murder of veterinarian-journalist Dr. Gerry Ortega.
Charged with murder were former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes; former Marinduque Gov. Jose Carreon; former Palawan provincial administrator Atty. Romeo Seratubias; Coron, Palawan Mayor Mario Reyes Jr.; Marlon Ricamata, Dennis Aranas, Valentin Lesias, Arturo Regalado, Armando Noel, Rodolfo Edrad, and some John and Jane Does.
In a five-page supplemental complaint affidavit, the wife of the victim, Dr. Patria Ortega, said that there is sufficient evidence to prove that the respondents were involved in the murder of her husband.
The widow used as basis in filing the complaint the earlier testimony of the suspects who turned witnesses — Regalado, Edrad and Noel — who admitted that the gun used in killing the victim is owned by Seratubias.
Likewise, she cited that in the testimony of Edrad, who was a former closed-in security of Reyes, he admitted that Reyes ordered the killing of Ortega wherein Reyes’ son himself, Mayor Reyes, gave him the money as payment for killing the victim.
Mrs. Ortega is confident that the murder of her husband will be resolved because of the strong evidence from the witnesses themselves who committed the crime. (PNA)