Ruben Ecleo Jr. no longer congressman

Carmela Fonbuena

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Speaker Belmonte found 'scant chance' in Ecleo's appeal

DROPPED: Fugitive Ruben Ecleo Jr. is no longer the congressman of  Dinagat Islands

MANILA, Philippines – Fugitive solon Ruben Ecleo Jr. has been dropped from the rolls of members of the House of Representatives.

“The final appeal in the third case looked pro forma to us with a scant chance of being granted,” House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte explained. He has ordered House secretary-general Marilyn Yap to drop Ecleo from the roster of members effective May 31.

Despite his several court cases, he won as a representative of Dinagat Islands in May 2010.

Ecleo was convicted by a Cebu regional trial court for killing his wife, Alona, in 2002. He has been in hiding since the same court canceled his bail and ordered his arrest in April 2011.

Another arrest warrant was later issued against Ecleo after the Sandiganbayan convicted him of violating the anti-graft law in connection with an allegedly overpriced public market and municipal building that he built in San Jose, Surigao del Norte, when he was mayor there. –

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