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DOJ links ex-Palawan governor to Gerry Ortega murder

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The DOJ findings reverse an earlier department verdict that let Joel Reyes off the hook

Environmentalist and broadcaster Gerry Ortega (Photo from ABS-CBN Foundation/Philip Sison)

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Justice prosecutors have found probable cause against former Palawan Gov Joel Reyes in connection with the murder of radio commentator Gerry Ortega, Rappler learned Tuesday, March 13.

Ortega was shot dead on Jan. 24, 2011 in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Reyes was one of those initially charged before the Department of Justice on the basis of the confession one of those who took part in the killing, but prosecutors dismissed the case for “insufficiency of evidence.”

In July 2011, Gerry’s widow Patty asked the department to reconsider their decision.

Reports said Ortega had been critical of Reyes, exposing some anomalies when Reyes was governor.

Reyes has repeatedly denied the accusations, saying he had nothing to gain by killing Ortega. –


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