TIMELINE: Gerry Ortega murder case

Michael Bueza

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(UPDATED) After hiding for more than 3 years, the suspects – former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes and his brother, former Coron Mayor Mario Reyes – are apprehended in Thailand

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – On Monday, September 21, the government confirmed that the main suspects in the murder of broadcast journalist Gerry Ortega have been arrested in Thailand.

Ex-Palawan governor Joel Reyes and brother ex-Coron town mayor Mario Reyes were implicated in Ortega’s murder in January 2011 in Puerto Princesa City.

Ortega exposed corruption in Palawan and accused the former governor of misusing the Malampaya fund, sourced from operations of the Malampaya gas and oil fields off the coast of the province.

Until their capture, the two were in hiding for over 3 years to evade arrest. Thai immigration authorities on Sunday, September 20, captured both men in Phuket for overstaying.

The Gerry Ortega murder case has gone through long and winding legal predicaments.

See the timeline below to look back at events since the slay.


Editor’s Note: Since its publication, this timeline has been revised with additional inputs from Michaella Ortega, daughter of Gerry Ortega.

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Michael Bueza

Michael is a data curator under Rappler's Tech Team. He works on data about elections, governance, and the budget. He also follows the Philippine pro wrestling scene and the WWE. Michael is also part of the Laffler Talk podcast trio.