Ortega's killer faces life imprisonment
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines - The gunman who shot Palawan journalist Dr. Gerry Ortega was sentenced to life imprisonment on Tuesday, May 7.
Judge Angelo Arizala of the Palawan Regional Trial Court branch 52 also ordered Marlon Dichavez Recamata, a hired gun from Pagbilao, Quezon to pay Ortega's family P500,000 in actual and exemplary damages.
Recamata - who pled guilty - was caught on January 24, 2011, the same day that he shot Ortega, a radio announcer known for being critical of former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes and his brother, Coron mayor Mario Reyes. Ortega assailed them over the alleged misuse of funds generated from the Malampaya gas field in Palawan.
Recamata, who committed the crime along with two accomplices, was paid P150,000.
The Reyes brothers, who were accused of ordering Ortega's killing, are still in hiding, however.
The Court of Appeals ruled in their favor though, nullifying a second panel created by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima which charged them with murder. - Rappler.com