By Jan Elmer I. Badilla, PNA
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, May 7, 2013 – Marlon Recamata, the triggerman in the slaying of broadcast journalist Dr. Gerry Ortega of Radio Mindanao Network in January 2011 in this city, was found guilty of murder Tuesday by Judge Angelito Arizala of Branch 52 of the Palawan Regional Trial Court.
Recamata, who has been languishing at the City PNP Jail since his arrest following the murder, was meted out life imprisonment by Arizala, and was asked to pay damages of P526,102.50 to the family of the slain journalist, including P50,000 for moral damages and P30,000 for exemplary damages.
Widow Dr. Patty Ortega and other immediate members of the family were also present at the Palawan RTC when the verdict was read.
However, they declined to give any statement to the media.
Recamata, on the other hand, who was wearing jeans and a simple detainee t-shirt, showed no emotion during the whole process, and seemed to have accepted his fate.
Reclusion perpetua metes minimum 20 years to 40 years imprisonment.
Court sources said when orders were given by Arizala, he will be transferred from the City Police Office detention cell to the Puerto Princesa City Jail.
On Jan 24, 2011, at about 10 a.m., Recamata shot Ortega dead on the nape in a used clothing store in Barangay San Pedro, along the national highway.
He tried to flee from the scene but was caught by a policeman of San Vicente who was in the area where he escaped. (PNA)