Suspect in Aklan broadcaster’s slay surrenders to cops

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December 18, 2007

 

Suspect in Aklan broadcaster’s slay surrenders to cops

Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Inquirer Visayas

ILOILO CITY, Philippines — A suspect in the 2001 murder of Aklan broadcaster Rolando Ureta surrendered to police on Tuesday, three
weeks after another suspect was arrested.

Jessie Ticar disclosed his plan to surrender during an interview aired over radio station dyKR of Radio Mindanao Network, of which Ureta was program director when he was gunned down on January 3, 2001.

Ticar asked policemen from the Kalibo police station to arrest him at the office of his lawyer Joann Ibutnande, according to Senior
Superintendent Benigno Durana Jr., Aklan provincial police director.

The police presented Ticar to the Kalibo Regional Trial Court Branch 1 where he was charged with murder after his arrest.

“God is good. Thank you for all those who have helped in Roland’s case,” Ureta’s widow Emely said in a text message to the Philippine
Daily Inquirer (parent company of INQUIRER.net), welcoming Ticar’s surrender.

Durana said Ticar decided to turn himself in and defend himself in court because his co-suspect, Amador Raz, is being arraigned
Wednesday.

Raz was arrested November 26 in Numancia town on the strength of a warrant issued on November 21 by Judge Marietta Homena-Valencia, presiding judge of the Kalibo RTC Branch 1.

A lone witness, Gerson Sonio, identified Ticar and Raz as the ones who shot Ureta dead along the national highway in Barangay (village)
Bagtu, Lezo town, Aklan, around seven kilometers west of the capital town of Kalibo.

The suspects denied involvement in the killing and questioned the credibility of the witness.

Ureta was driving a motorcycle on his way to his parents’ house when two gunmen, also on a motorcycle, drove alongside the broadcaster and shot him. Ureta fell into a ditch and managed to reach a house on the roadside before the gunmen finished him off.

The victim hosted the nightly program “Agong Nightwatch.” He was investigating the proliferation of illegal gambling and illegal drugs
in the province when he was killed.

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