Mika Ortega sees foul play in death of witness

Posted at Feb 07 2013 03:04 PM | Updated as of Feb 07 2013 11:04 PM

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Mika Ortega, daughter of slain environmentalist Gerry Ortega, believes that the witness to her father's murder did not commit suicide.

Dennis Aranas, the alleged lookout of the gunman, was found dead inside his jail cell in Lucena, Quezon last Tuesday. A bag strap was found coiled around his neck.

Mika raised doubts over the real cause of the witness' death after the Lucena Police revealed that the personnel of the provincial jail cleaned Aranas' cell even before police investigators arrived at the area.

She was also wondering why there were no witnesses to the supposed suicide.

With the death of Aranas, Mika said her family is now worried that the case against primary suspect Joel Reyes may weaken.

Aranas was placed under the Witness Protection Program but was later removed from the program due to a murder case in Lucena.

- Radio dzMM, 7 February 2013