By Jeffrey Damicog
Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo, who is facing charges concerning the killing of Ako Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe, has sought the transfer of his case from Legaspi City to Manila due to threats against his life.
“I am asking authorities, especially our judicial authorities, to hear me out and consider my proposal to change venue of the trial from Bicol to Manila,” he said in a statement.
Baldo explained “intelligence reports indicate that there are several people who wants me dead.”
Meanwhile, Acting Prosecutor General Richard Anthony Fadullon said Baldo has already sought the inhibition of the judge of the Legaspi Regional Trial Court (RTC) handling the case.
Earlier, the RTC turned down Baldo’s motion to have the case remanded back to the Camarines Sur Provincial Prosecutor’s Office since the latter has not yet resolved his motion for reconsideration.
The Camarines Sur Provincial Prosecutor’s Office filed the case before the RTC after finding probable cause to indict Baldo with double murder and six counts of attempted murder.
Also charged with Batocabe are Christopher Naval,Emmanuel Roselle, Jaywin Babor, Henry Yuson, and Rolando Arimado. Also charged as accomplice is Danilo Luella.
Batocabe was a member of the committees on dangerous drugs, health, energy, tourism, and good government at the House of Representatives.
He filed his certificate of candidacy for mayor as he intends to run in his hometown, Daraga, in this year’s elections.
Batocabe and his security escort, SPO1 Orlando Diaz, were shot dead last December 22 when they were about to board their vehicle.
He had just attended a gift-giving event for senior seniors in Barangay Burgos in Daraga town.
They were rushed to a local hospital but were both declared dead on arrival.