DFA cancels passport of ex-Palawan governor
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Philippines - The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has cancelled the passports of former Palawan governor Joel T. Reyes and his brother Mario, absentee mayor of Coron, Palawan, both of whom have been in hiding and are subject of an international manhunt for the murder of Palawan broadcaster Gerry Ortega.
Lawyers of the Ortega family said they received the cancellation order from the DFA on Friday, June 29. The cancellation was "effective immediately," according to lawyer Alex Avisado.
The Reyes brothers were earlier included in the International Police red list of wanted persons, effecting their arrest by any government once they are seen hiding in other countries.
Prosecution lawyers attempted Thursday, June 28, to present the main state witness against the Reyes brothers, Rodolfo Edrad Jr., during the scheduled hearing on the Ortega murder case, but his testimony was set aside to give way to the petition filed by defense attorneys questioning the exclusion of Edrad in the list of the accused in the
Edrad had claimed that it was his employer, former Gov. Reyes, who ordered him to hire gunmen to kill Ortega on Jan 24, 2010. Rappler.com
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