6 years later, Doc Gerry's kin still waiting for justice

Lynette dela Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 24 2017 04:37 PM

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY - Today marks the 6th death anniversary of broadcaster and environmentalist Gerry Ortega, known to many as Doc Gerry. 

He was shot dead while shopping for clothes at a thrift shop in Brgy. San Pedro, Puerto Princesa City.

Family and friends of Ortega offered prayers at the crime scene this morning to remember his death.

Six years after being gunned down, slowly, the wheels of justice have turned for the family. 

The gunman, Marlon Recamata, was found guilty of murder. Other accomplices Percival Lecias, Dennis Aranas and Atty. Romeo Serratubias are already dead, while Arturo "Nonoy" Regalado who allegedly stalked Doc Gerry's whereabouts before the crime has also been found guilty of murder.

In 2015, the alleged masterminds, former Palawan governor Joel Reyes and Coron mayor Mario Reyes, were arrested in Thailand. The former governor is currently detained in Puerto Princesa City Jail while Mario Reyes was allowed to post bail on May 2016.

For the family and friends of Ortega, 6 years may seem fast compared to other cases but they are still hoping that the wheels of justice would turn faster. 

According to the family, 6 years of waiting and fighting for justice have not eased the pain of losing a loved one.

The latest case hearing was held October 2016. According to Regional Trial Court Branch 52, the next hearing is yet to be scheduled. 

The court has allowed former governor Reyes to travel for a medical check-up in Manila for seven days. 

The Ortega family believes Doc Gerry's expose of the former governor's corruption issue such as plunder of the Malampaya fund led to his death.