A radio director and commentator for dyKR in Aklan, Roland Ureta received death threats due to his commentaries on illegal gambling and illegal drugs in Aklan. In January 2001, Ureta was shot dead by a then unknown assailant. He was able to run from his motorcycle to a house along the road, but succumbed to gunshot wounds there.
Months later, the Aklan Provincial Police Office filed a murder charge against suspects Jessie Ticar, Amador Paz, and two John Does. The case against them, however, was dismissed due to the questioned credibility of the witness’ testimony.
Senior State Prosecutor Leo Dacera wrote to Chief State Prosecutor Jovencito Zuño of the Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2005 requesting that the case be given preferential attention. As a result, in 2007, a resolution by the DOJ reversed the dismissal of the case against Ticar and Paz. The Aklan provincial prosecutor was also directed to file the appropriate charges against them.
“I’m very happy. For six years I have been praying for something to happen with the case. This is an answered prayer,” Ureta’s widow, Emely, said.
The case is now in the Cebu City Regional Trial Court.
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