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Court orders Daraga mayor Baldo’s arrest over Batocabe’s slay

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Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo has been ordered arrested by a Lagaspi City court over murder charges concerning the killing of Ako Bicol party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe.

Judge Maria Theresa Loquillano of Lagaspi Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 10 issued the arrest warrant after charges were filed against Baldo back in April.

The Albay City Prosecutor’s Office filed the charges after finding probable cause to indict Baldo with two counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder.

Also named as Baldo’s co-accused are Christopher Naval, Emmanuel Roselle, Jaywin Babor, Henry Yuson, Rolando Arimado, and Danilo Luella will be indicted as an accomplice.

Last Dec. 22, Batocabe and his police escort, SPO2 Orlando Diaz were killed during a gift-giving event for the elderly and persons with disability in Daraga.

Baldo had previously been indicted with illegal possession of firearms after police found last Jan. 22 at his home in Barangay Tagas, Daragaunlicensed firearms and ammunition including three .45 caliber pistols.