Gisela Boniel’s case: Wit­ness re­counts role in crime

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - /CORRE-

FOR the amount of P10, 000, the pump boat op­er­a­tor’s life turned up­side down af­ter help­ing his cousin who al­legedly killed Bien Unido, Bo­hol Mayor Gisela Boniel in June 2017.

Ri­olito Boniel, wit­ness and one of the ac­cused of the slay of Mayor Gisela Boniel, tes­ti­fied in Lapu-Lapu City court on Fri­day that he was given with an en­ve­lope con­tain­ing P10,000 cash from Gisela’s hus­band, for­mer Board Mem­ber Niño Rey Boniel, af­ter he helped him.

“Gisugo ko niya. (He told me) Ayaw og saba imoha na,” Ri­olito, who was wear­ing a blue shirt with a bul­let­proof vest on his body, said dur­ing the con­tin­u­a­tion of his tes­ti­mony for the par­ri­cide case at the Lapu-Lapu City Re­gional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 54 on Fri­day. Ri­olito and Niño Rey are cousins. Ri­olito, the pump boat op­er­a­tor, told Se­nior As­sis­tant State Pros­e­cu­tor Juan Pe­dro Nav­era that he helped his cousin al­legedly trans-

port the dead body of Mayor Gisela.

Nav­era, who is the lead pros­e­cu­tor, also iden­ti­fied thep­ump­boa­tused­dur­ing the in­ci­dent and de­scribed where Gisela’s body was al­legedly placed be­fore she was al­legedly shot in the head by the sus­pect and al­legedly thrown into the sea­wa­ters be­tween Caubian Is­land and Olango Is­land last June 7, 2017.

Pros­e­cu­tion lawyer Amando Vir­gil Ligutan be­lieved that Ri­olito’s tes­ti­mony would put some weight in at­tain­ing jus­tice.

Ligutan said Ri­olito’s tes­ti­mony, for his plea to be dis­missed from a par­ri­cide case, could be used as the main tes­ti­mony for the pros­e­cu­tion.

Re­cently, two ac­cused, Ri­olito and Ran­del Lu­pas were ac­quit­ted from kid­nap­ping and se­ri­ous il­le­gal de­ten­tion cases af­ter the court found suf­fi­cient grounds to grant the pros­e­cu­tion’s plea for a mo­tion to dis­charge.

The two are now state wit­nesses un­der the Wit- ness Pro­tec­tion Pro­gram.

While, de­fense lawyer Ger­ardo Car­illo, said any­one can eas­ily claim to be wit­ness­ing a crime.

“This is the case of mur­der, the case of par­ri­cide. There has to be ev­i­dence of death,” said Car­illo, re­fer­ring to the al­leged body of Gisela which un­til now is not yet dis­cov­ered.

The con­tin­u­a­tion of the hear­ing or the third sched­ule of pre­sen­ta­tion of the pros­e­cu­tion’s ev­i­dence is set on Nov. 23, 2018.

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