Three Ex-Rebels Get Life Imprisonment For Slaying Negros Occidental Judge
EX-REBELS – Three ex-rebels of a communist group were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a judge in Negros Occidental.
The three men named: Alejandro Capunong, Eddie Fortunado and Jessie Daguia were declared guilty of murdering Henry Arles, a judge in Kabankalan, six years ago.
In April 24, 2012, Arles was on his way home when he was suddenly shot to death in Barangay Manalad from the town of Ilog.
In Nov 9, Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 100 Judge Editha Mina Aguba did not grant the three former rebels eligibility for parole.
A report in PhilStar says that Capunong, Fartunado, and Daguia were members of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade, a divergent faction of the New People’s Army.
According to the court records, they conspired to murder Arles, with Daguia made the shot; while Capunong and Fortunado were the getaway drivers of the two vehicles. Daguia reportedly received P81,000; Fortunado P75,000; and Capunong P31,000 for the crime. They were later arrested on Aug. 22, 2013.
As per the report, They initially confessed to the crime but later renounced their statements. Judge Aguba declined their renouncement, implied that they simply wanted to escape their punishment.
The court dismissed charges of torture the accused filed against the relatives of the victim.
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