Palace acknowledges arrest of former Palawan governor, former Coron mayor wanted for murder

September 22, 2015 7:42 am 

MANILA, Sept. 21 — Malacañang on Monday acknowledged the arrest in Thailand of fugitive brothers, former Palawan governor Joel Reyes and former Coron mayor Mario Reyes, both wanted for the murder of an environmentalist.

"The arrest of the long wanted Reyes brothers provides an opportunity for pursuing the ends of justice. We acknowledge the efforts of the Interpol and Thai authorities in making this possible," Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has confirmed the arrests to Malacañang through a text message to Secretary Coloma.

The text read: "Per BI (Bureau of Immigration), the Interpol-Manila has confirmed info re: arrest of the Reyes brothers last night by Thai police in Phuket. BI immigration now processing their deportation papers."

According to news reports, the Reyes brothers, wanted for the killing of journalist-environmentalist Gerry Ortega back in 2011, were arrested by Thai authorities on Sunday for overstaying.

Ortega was against large-scale mining in Palawan.

The brothers were put on the Philippines’ “most wanted” list after disappearing in March 2012. (PNA)

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