Ruby Garcia's kin turned over to WPP

By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 19 2014 05:39 PM | Updated as of May 20 2014 01:39 AM

MANILA - The son and 11-year old granddaughter of slain journalist Ruby Garcia of Remate were turned over by the National Press Club (NPC) to the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Witness Protection Program (WPP) on Monday afternoon.

Tristan Lloyd Garcia, Garcia's son, and his daughter, who saw the gunman who gunned down her grandmother, sought WPP custody in spite of the absence of direct threat.

They claim policemen are convincing them to execute an affidavit to point to a "different set of suspects."

It is not yet clear whether both are already admitted into the WPP under provisional coverage.

Garcia was gunned down by two men in front of her family last April.

Cavite police director Senior Superintendent Joselito Esquivel earlier said Garcia’s spat with relieved Tanza, Cavite chief of police Superintendent Conrado Villanueva is being considered but is not the focus of the investigation.

Villanueva is now under administrative relief after his name was mentioned in the dying statement of Garcia.