THE Legazpi City Regional Trial Court yesterday ordered the arrest of Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo in connection with the killing of AKO Bicol Party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe and his police escort last December.
Legazpi City RTC Branch 10 Judge Maria Theresa Loquillano issued the arrest warrant for two counts of murder against Baldo.
Baldo was tagged as the alleged mastermind in the killing of Batocabe and the solon’s security escort, SPO2 Orlando Diaz.
The mayor denied any involvement in the twin slaying.
Baldo was arrested last January for illegal possession of firearms but was released on bail.
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 Christopher Naval, Emmanuel Rosello, Jaywin Babor, Henry Yuson and Rolando Arimado.
Batocabe and Diaz were shot dead by unidentified men in a remote village in Daraga town last December 22.