Former Governor Mario Joel Reyes, prime suspect to the murder of Dr. Gerry Ortega, will remain detained during the case’s trial after the Regional Trial Court Branch 52 issued a decision today, September 8, that denied Reyes’s petition to bail. The Court, through Judge Angelo Arizala, said it has found strong evidence for possible guilt for murder, hence denying the petition, which was filed on October 8, 2015.
The decision was confirmed by Atty. Gil Anthony Aquino, Counsel for Prosecution. “Denied ‘yung petition to bail ni [ex] Governor Reyes, so habang naglilitis po ng kaso, nakakulong po siya,” he explained. Aquino said he is not sure, however, if the counsel for the accused will question the decision, or seek a motion for reconsideration.
Meanwhile, the Court granted the motion of the defendant to wear civilian clothes instead of jail shirts whenever attending court hearings.
The Court has scheduled the next hearing to October 11, 2016, 1:30 PM at RTC Branch 52.
Reyes, with his brother and former Coron Mayor Marjo Reyes, were charged of the murder of broadcaster and environmentalist Gerardo Ortega on January 24, 2011.