Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo on Friday voluntarily surrendered before the Regional Trial Court Branch 10 in Legazpi City due to a standing warrant of arrest against him for murder charges.
Baldo is a suspect in the murder of Ako Bicol Partylist Rep. Rodel Batocabe.
Last Monday, police twice attempted to serve a warrant for his arrest issued by Legazpi City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 10 but the mayor was not at home.
Baldo earlier said he is innocent of the charges and claimed several people were destroying his name to further their own interests in Daraga.
Batocabe, 52, was planning to challenge reelectionist Baldo for the Daraga mayoralty in the midterm elections in May.
The lawmaker was distributing Christmas gifts in his hometown in Daraga, Albay on Dec. 22 when he and his police escort were gunned down by at least 6 assailants.