DFA cancels Reyes brothers' passports
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has cancelled the passports of former Palawan Gov Joel Reyes and his brother ex-Coron Mayor Mario Reyes, as well as a certain "Joseph Lim Pe," the family of slain broadcaster Gerry Ortega announced on Friday, September 28.
The Reyes brothers, who are at large, are the main suspects in the killing of Ortega, an environmental advocate, in January 2011. They're facing criminal charges in court, linked to the murder by their supposed hitman.
Government data indicate however that the Reyes brothers were able to escape and leave for Vietnam via a Cebu Pacific flight on March 18. The former Palawan governor used a fake passport bearing the name Joseph Lim Pe.
In a statement, Ortega's daughter Michaella said the DFA, through Assistant Secretary Jaime Ledda, has informed them of the passports' cancellation. "They have also informed our embassies abroad to take the necessary steps in order to aid the immediate arrest of the brothers," Ortega added. - Rappler.com
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