January 4, 2019
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday filed murder and frustrated murder charges against Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo, who was tagged as the mastermind in the assassination of AKO Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe in December last year.
The Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) Batocabe filed double murder and six counts of frustrated murder charges against Baldo and several others before the Albay Provincial Prosecutor’s Office for the death of the lawmaker and his security aide, SPO1 Orlando Diaz
PNP chief Oscar Albayalde identified the other suspects as Henry Yuson alias Romel/Eno, Rolando Arimado alias RR, Emmanuel Rosello alias Boboy, Jaywin Babor alias Jie, Danilo Muella alias Manoy Dan, and Christopher Naval alias Tuping.
Albayalde said Naval, Baldo’s security aide, executed an extrajudicial confession after he surrendered to authorities on Dec. 30, 2018.
He added that Emmanuel Bonita Judavar alias Jude, one of those who planned the assassination, came forward and spilled his knowledge of the plot to police authorities.
Judavar said, he initially joined the planning but he backed out when the plot was about to be carried out.
Based on Naval and Judavar’s accounts, Yuson, a former New People’s Army (NPA) rebel, shot Batocabe. Arimado, a rebel returnee, served as his lookout .