ADMINISTRATIVE charges have been filed before the Office of the Ombudsman by the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group against Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo who has been tagged as the ‘brains’ behind the December 22 killing of AKO Bicol party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe and his policeman-bodyguard.
In a complaint filed before Ombudsman Samuel R. Martirez, the PNP-CIDG headed by Chief Superintendent Amador V. Corpus recommended the filing of charges against Baldo for conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service and graft and corruption and violation of Republic Act 3019/serious irregularities in the performance of public duty.
The case for conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service pertains to the administrative aspect of murder (2 counts) and multiple frustrated murder (6 counts) defined and penalized under Article 248 of the Revised Penal Code.
The case of graft and corruption pertains to the law which penalizes the willful allowing of the disbursement of public funds for salaries of the supposed several job order employees/confidential staff -- but actually ‘ghost employees of the mayor who is yet to be arrested by the police in the absence of a warrant of arrest.
The filing of the Ombudsman cases against Baldo came as 11 caliber 40 shells and five slugs recovered by the police at the exact area where Batocabe and Senior Police Officer 2 Orlando Diaz were killed, matched those fired from the licensed firearm.
PNP chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde expressed optimism that they have the goods against Baldo with the result of the ballistics test and testimonies of several suspects.
Parts of a cal. .45 pistol believed to be among the guns used in the killing were recovered from a septic tank in a house in Pili, Camarines Sur owned by one of the suspects.
The slide of the pistol, its two magazines and several live ammunition were dug underneath the septic tank of the house owned by Rolando Aromado where it was believed to have been dismantled and thrown away by one of the gunmen identified as Emmanuel Rosello alias ‘Boboy’ shortly after the killings.
Gen. Albayalde also said that 11 cal. 40 shells and five slugs recovered by the police at the exact area where Batocabe and Diaz were shot dead have matched those fired from the licensed firearm of a former New People’s Army rebel-turned militiaman who confessed to shooting the lawmaker.
With Zaida Delos Reyes