OFFICE OF REP. HARRY L. ROQUE
08 SEPTEMBER 2016
REFERENCE: REP. HARRY L. ROQUE
STATEMEMENT OF REP. HARRY L. ROQUE ON THE DENIAL OF BAIL OF FORMER PALAWAN GOV. JOEL REYES
I am relieved that ex-Governor Joel Reyes was denied bail in the murder case of Dr. Gerry Ortega. The court’s decision to deny bail shows that the evidence of guilt is strong. This brings us closer to convicting the first ever principal for the killing of a journalist and finally bringing justice and closure to the family of Dr. Ortega.
I was private prosecutor in the case and was personally prosecuting the case up until June 30 of this year when I assumed office as party-list representative. I presented star witness Rodolfo Edrad, Jr. (aka Bomar) and conducted the cross examination of Joel Reyes. My law office and the Center for International Law (CenterLaw) remain private prosecutors in the case.