crimes in the Philippines

Sandra Cam surrenders in Cavite after arrest order for murder

Jairo Bolledo

SURRENDERED. File photo of Sandra Cam

Rappler File Photo

(1st UPDATE) Sandra Cam is currently confined at a medical facility in Cavite due to a spine illness, according to CIDG Cavite

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board member Sandra Cam has surrendered in Cavite following the release of an arrest order by the Department of Justice for murder charges, the Crime Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) confirmed on Thursday, April 29.

Police Captain Mary Anne Torres of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Calabarzon Public Information Office earlier confirmed Cam’s surrender.

Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Cavite director Police Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Nandu Jr told Rappler in an interview that Cam surrendered to them around 8:30 pm on April 28. Nandu said Cam called their office on April 28 after she was confined in a medical facility in Cavite.

Nandu said Cam surrendered because of her condition. “[Sabi niya] hindi na niya kayang magtago kaya sumuko na (She said she couldn’t hide anymore and that’s why she surrendered),” Nandu explained.

Cam is currently confined due to a spine illness, according to Nandu. The CIDG director added Cam’s lawyers have filed a motion requesting that she undergo hospital arrest due to her medical condition.

Among all the charged individuals by the DOJ, only Sanda Cam surrendered to CIDG, according to Nandu.

On April 19, the DOJ indicted Cam and her son Marco Martin for the murder of Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson III of Batuan, Masbate, in 2019.

The Office of the Prosecutor General (OPG) said they had found probable cause to charge for murder Sandra, Marco Martin, as 5 other accused.

The arrest order stated no bail for the accused. 

Yuson’s family claimed that the Cams had connection with the vice mayor’s death after Yuson’s son defeated Marco Martin in the Batuan mayoralty race in 2019. – with reports from Lian Buan/ Rappler.com

Jairo Bolledo

Jairo Bolledo is a multimedia reporter at Rappler covering the police, crime, military, and security.