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Legazpi court issues HDO vs. Daraga mayor

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday confirmed that a travel ban sought by state prosecutors against Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo has been granted by a local court.

“We received word that the Regional Trial Court of Legazpi City has issued a Precautionary Hold Departure Order (PHDO) against Mayor Carlwyn Baldo in relation to the Batocabe case,” DOJ spokesman Undersecretary Mark Perete said in a message to newsmen.

Baldo is the prime suspect in the killing of Ako-Bicol Party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe and his police escort during a Christmas gift-giving event in Barangay Burgos, an upland village in Daraga town last December 22.

On January 7, the OIC-Provincial Prosecutor of Albay filed an application for a PHDO against Baldo and five others.

On Wednesday, the firearm used in the crime was recovered from a fishpond in Purok 3, Barangay Busay in Ligao City.

Chief Insp. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Police Regional Office 5 (Bicol) spokesperson, said authorities recovered a .45-caliber Taurus pistol PT34/7 PRO with Serial No. NCY 89364.

The information regarding the gun’s whereabouts was provided by Christopher Naval alias “Tuping”, one of six suspects in the assassination of the lawmaker. (PNA)