Aug 5, 2020 @ 19:14

Biyahe na! Eccentric cult leader Ruben Ecleo Jr. transferred to Bilibid

Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete on Wednesday confirmed that former Dinagat Islands lawmaker and cult leader Ruben Ecleo, Jr., who was recently arrested in Pampanga, was transferred to the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa.

Perete said the Sandiganbayan, which ordered Ecleo’s arrest, was not included in the Supreme Court order suspending the transfer of inmates from city jails to Bureau of Corrections prisons.

Ecleo, supreme master of the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association (PBMA)– a religious organization founded by his father Ruben Sr., is Philippine’s number 1 Most Wanted Person by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), with a PHP2-million reward for his capture.

Warrants for his arrest were issued by the Sandiganbayan First Division in January 2011 and by the Cebu Regional Trial Court in April 2011. He had evaded capture for nine years.

In 2012, Ecleo was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife, Alona, in Cebu City in April 2012.

Ecleo was also convicted of graft in 2006 for the anomalous construction of a public market and town hall, and repairs of his cult’s building in San Jose, Dinagat Islands when he was then mayor in the early ’90s. He was sentenced to 31 years in jail.

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