Ortega family appeals for resolution of murder case

By Ira Pedrasa, ABS-CBNNews.com

Posted at Mar 07 2012 12:04 PM | Updated as of Mar 08 2012 12:06 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The family of Palawan environmentalist and broadcast journalist Gerry Ortega appealed anew to the government to fast-track his murder case.

In a statement, his daughter Micaella said: “We are calling on Prosecutor General Claro Arellano, DOJ Sec. Leila de Lima and Pres. Noynoy Aquino to hasten the process of finding justice for Dad. We have all played witness to the ability of the DOJ and the administration in speeding things up on cases they see as important. We pray for them to see why my dad's case is crucial, why it is the key.”

Ortega was killed on January 24, 2011 along Puerto Princesa’s busy highway. The gunman was caught and some of the suspects identified.

Despite the trail, the case against the alleged masterminds has barely moved forward.

“It has been more than a year since the murder of my father, Dr. Gerry Ortega. It has also been two months since the murder case has been submitted for resolution at the Department of Justice.
The family is still waiting for the DOJ to release their decision,” Micaella said.

“Dad's case is special due to the overwhelming evidence it has against the mastermind and his accomplices. We only ask for a day in court,” she added.