The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) has moved in to support calls for the rearrest of former Palawan Governor Mario Joel Reyes.
Earlier, the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has also sought the help of the Supreme Court (SC) to have former Palawan governor rearrested for his alleged role in the murder of anti-corruption crusader, staunch environmentalist and broadcaster Dr. Gerry Ortega in Puerto Princesa City in 2011.
PTFoMS chief Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco issued the statement even as he expressed the belief that the evidence of guilt of former Palawan Governor Mario Joel Reyes is strong in the criminal case file against the former Palawan governor.
“The Presidential Task Force shares the sentiments of the OSG in its motion to lift the TRO which is preventing the re-arrest of the former governor. We believe that the evidence of guilt is strong in the criminal case filed against Reyes in connection with the slaying of Gerry Ortega,” Egco said in a statement.
Previously, the PTFoMS chief also backed the action of the OSG in initiating an investigation to find any anomaly with regard to the Court of Appeals’ (CA) 2018 decision to release Reyes from detention due to the alleged insufficiency of evidence in the murder case.
In 2019, the CA reinstated the murder charges against the former Palawan governor.
In its 62-page comment, the OSG also asked the SC magistrates to dismiss the petition for review filed by Reyes at the SC.
“I have full trust and confidence with the OSG, as a member agency of PTFoMS, in its commitment to attaining justice for this heinous act. The task force will not stand idly by until all those responsible for the killing of Ortega, including the masterminds, are put behind bars,” he said.
Ortega was gunned down on 24 January 2011 in Puerto Princesa City after the airing of his radio program “Ramatak.” He was considered as an “environmental hero” by many people and concerned groups in Palawan.