De Lima elated on conviction of 1 of accused in Ortega murder case

May 8, 2013 11:27 am 

MANILA, May 7 — Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima was elated Tuesday night on the decision of the Puerto Princesa City Regional Trial Court to convict one of the accused in the murder of Palawan environmentalist and broadcaster Doc Gerry Ortega.

"Confirmed. The gunman in the Ortega slay case, Marlon Recamata, pleaded guilty and the prosecution presented evidence to determine the penalty. The RTC-Palawan this (Tuesday) afternoon sentenced him to a penalty of reclusion perpetua," De Lima said in a text message.

However, De Lima believed that justice will only be served completely and effectively if the masterminds in the crime will also be penalized.

"This development is of course good news for us. But, justice can only be fully served in that case if the masterminds are also found and punished," De Lima said.

Recamata earlier pleaded guilty in the murder case and he was sentenced a penalty of reclusion perpetua or imprisonment of not less than 30 years.

The Court of Appeals earlier dismissed the murder case filed by the DOJ against the principal accused — brothers, former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes and Coron, Palawan Mayor Mario Reyes. (PNA)

LAM/PTR

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