Guingona convinced Ortega slay linked to Malampaya

Posted at Feb 07 2013 08:25 PM | Updated as of Feb 08 2013 04:25 AM

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MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Teofisto Guingona III, chairman of the Blue Ribbon Committee, is convinced the killing of environmentalist and radio broadcaster Gerry Ortega is linked to his exposé about the provincial government's alleged misuse of funds from the Malampaya gas project.

"Yes, most definitely. Through the testimonies of several people and several NGOs, it is clear that Gerry Ortega was hitting hard on the corruption of Malampaya funds," Guingona told ANC Thursday.

"And based on evidence, there was warning but it was disregarded. Because of that, he was murdered. It is very clear," he added.

Guingona also noted that the Malampaya project was not properly documented.

"One of the problems of Malampaya was that there were no documents so the Commission on Au it could not audit all projects. [There were] no documents to start with."

He also said the government should revisit its witness protection program to make sure people are being truly protected.

"We can't allow criminal elements to use the law to frustrate the ends of justice," Guingona said.

The Bureau, ANC, February 7, 2013