Batocabe family, supporters protest bail grant to Baldo

September 09, 2019

LEGAZPI CITY- Family and supporters of slain Ako Bikol Party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe hold a protest march denouncing the court’s decision allowing former Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo to post bail.

Batocabe’s widow Gertie “Gerty” Batocabe and lawyer son Justin led the marchers, mostly senior citizens, who were wearing black armed bands and carrying streamers with words written: “No to Bail, Justice for AKB Congressman Rodel Batocabe.”

The protesters marched from this city to the regional Department of Justice.

Batocabe’s supporters said they mourned the loss of a true and selfless leader and a protector of the people.

Tarpaulins and posters seeking for justice for Batocabe and denouncing the granting of bail to Baldo dotted the streets and highways in Daraga and in this city.

The protest march was triggered by Judge Maria Theresa San Juan Loquillano of the Legazpi City RTC Branch 10’s decision allowing Baldo to post bail for a non-bailable offense.

Loquillano allegedly found deficiencies in the evidences presented by the prosecution on double murder and six frustrated murder charges filed against Baldo.

“We’re asking Judge Loquillano to reverse her decision not to allow ex-mayor Baldo to post bail,” Gertie said.

Reports said that Loquillano set the hearing for the bail last week but the judge had gone for leave.

A hearing on the granting of bail was reportedly set on September 13.

Justine posted on his Facebook account an appeal to supporters to protest the granting of bail to Baldo. He said the charges against the former mayor were non-bailable.

Baldo, who was tagged as the mastermind in the killing of Batocabe and a police escort on  December 22, 2018, on Tuesday posted an P8 million bail after the local court had ordered his release.

Baldo was tagged as the mastermind in the killing of Batocabe and a police escort on  December 22, 2018.