Legazpi court issues HDO vs. Daraga mayor

MANILA 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 Markk 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)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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