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The trial for double murder of former Albay town mayor Carlwyn Baldo – the alleged mastermind in the murder of Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe last December – hit a snag anew.

This was after the handing judge, Legazpi City regional trial court Judge Theresa Loquillano of Branch 10, went on leave again.

Informed sources disclosed that Loquillano’s ruling on a motion for inhibition filed by the prosecution seeking her recusal from the case was delayed because she took a leave of absence.

Previous to that, Loquillano also went on leave, and upon her return, denied the prosecution’s 36-page motion for reconsideration in less than an hour, and then signed Baldo’s release order.

“This is a grave injustice towards the family of Congressman Batocabe and SPO4 ( Orlando) Diaz. Truly, justice delayed is justice denied,” the source said.

Baldo was tagged as the alleged mastermind in the sensational killing. He denied any responsibility.

Recently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted Baldo for two counts of murder and six counts of attempted murder after a probable cause was established during preliminary investigation.

Also charged were five others namely Christopher Naval, Emmanuel Rosello, Jaywin Babor, Henry Yuson, and Rolando Arimado.

Batocabe and his security escort were shot dead by unidentified men in a remote village in Daraga town last December 22.

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