Ortega family wants ex-Marinduque gov included in murder raps

March 15, 2012 9:21 am 

By Perfecto T. Raymundo, Jr.

MANILA, March 14 – The family of slain journalist Gerry Ortega on Wednesday said that they will push for the inclusion of former Marinduque Gov. Jose Antonio Carreon to the crime of murder.

Ortega was killed in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on Jan. 24, 2011.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Atty. Alex Avisado, the legal counsel of the Ortega family, said that they would file a partial motion for reconsideration to include Carreon on the murder case filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) against former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes; former Palawan administrator Romeo Serratubias; Reyes' brother and incumbent Coron, Palawan Mayor Mario Reyes; and provincial government employees Arturo Regalado and Percival Lecias.

Carreon was allegedly the one who referred star witness Rodolfo Edrad, Jr. to the former Palawan governor.

Edrad allegedly scouted the gunman that would kill Ortega.

"Since we are alleging conspiracy, the act of one means the act of all," Avisado said.

The DOJ has already amended the information it has filed before the Puerto Princesa City, Regional Trial Court (RTC) to include Reyes and four others.

In the same press conference, Ortega's daughter, Michaella said that they were thankful for the DOJ for its resolution.

"This is a step forward but the road ahead requires even more steps. We are all being called to commitment against impunity – a call to choose to rage against the killings and pursue justice everyday from hereon out," Michaella said. (PNA)

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