Galua still un­der ‘hospi­tal ar­rest’

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By PJ Orias

He is no politi­cian but four days af­ter he was ar­rested by po­lice, Rey Galua, a ‘per­son of in­ter­est’ in the mur­der of state univer­sity pres­i­dent Dr. Ri­cardo Rotoras, is still ly­ing in a hospi­tal bed in an undis­closed hospi­tal in the city.

Chief In­spec­tor Mardy Hor­tillosa, Ca­gayan de Oro City Po­lice Of­fice (Cocpo) spokesper­son, said fol­low­ing doc­tor’s ad­vise, Galua will re­main un­der hospi­tal ar­rest un­til the 43 year-old ar­chi­tect is de­clared fit to be held in a reg­u­lar de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity.

“Basta doc­tor’s ad­vise, re­speto­han nato (If it is ad­vised by the doc­tor, we will re­spect it),” Hor­tillosa said.

But Hortl­losa said they are seek­ing a sec­ond med­i­cal opin­ion re­gard­ing Galua’s med­i­cal sta­tus.

Galua was ad­mit­ted to the hospi­tal af­ter com­plain­ing of chest pains soon af­ter un­der­go­ing in­quest pro­ceed­ings Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 10.

Galua was ar­rested by au­thor­i­ties for il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms and ex­plo­sives early Tues­day, Jan­uary 9.

Po­lice later ad­mit­ted Galua was one a ‘per­son of in­ter­est’ in the De­cem­ber 2, 2017 mur­der of Univer­sity of Science and Technology of South­ern Philip­pines (USTP) pres­i­dent Dr. Ri­cardo Rotoras.

Galua, a former fac­ulty mem­ber of USTP’s Col­lege of Ar­chi­tec­ture, owns an ar­chi­tec­tural firm, RD Galua As­so­ci­ates, which holds of­fice at Man­du­mol Street, Ma­casandig, this city.

Ac­cord­ing to its web­site, the firm was es­tab­lished in 1998 and is “ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing a di­ver­si­fied range of ser­vices from space plan­ning and de­sign, to pro­ject de­vel­op­ment and man­age­ment as well as con­sul­tancy ser­vices not only for ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign but also for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment”.

Galua was also once a sec­tor pres­i­dent of the Philip­pine In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects in Ca­gayan de Oro.

Galua’s pro­file in the U.S Green Build­ing Coun­cil, a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes sus­tain­abil­ity in build­ing de­sign, con­struc­tion, and op­er­a­tion, Galua was born in San Roque, Kitcharao, Agu­san del Norte.

Galua is said to be in­ter­ested in run­ning for mayor in his home­town in Kitcharao, Agu­san del Norte, Kitcharao in the next elec­tions.

He fin­ished the de­gree of Bach­e­lor of Science in Ar­chi­tec­ture at Ca­gayan de Oro Col­lege in 1997. He later took further stud­ies at Min­danao State Univer­sity- Ili­gan In­sti­tute of Technology where he fin­ished his Master’s De­gree in Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Stud­ies in 2007.

A fel­low ar­chi­tect in the city who re­quested anonymity said Galua is known mostly be­cause of his work in USTP where he de­signed the univer­sity’s gym­na­sium, en­gi­neer­ing build­ing, Science com­plex, In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Technology build­ing.

Galua also de­signed the un­fin­ished stu­dent cen­ter build­ing.

Aside from the USTP build­ings, Galua’s list of ac­com­plish­ments in­clude pen­ning ar­chi­tec­tural de­signs for the Bue­nav­ista Com­mu­nity Hospi­tal in Bue­nav­ista, Agu­san del Norte, a 6-storey build­ing in barangay Bu­lua, this city, and an­other com­mer­cial build­ing in Tiano-Pa­cana streets, also in this city.

He also de­signed com­mer­cial build­ings in Zam­boanga del Norte, and Lib­er­tad in Bu­tuan City, in­clud­ing a dor­mi­tory of a school in Ar­gao, Cebu.

One of his stu­dents at the USTP who also re­quested anonymity said, Galua was a “good and a cool teacher”.

“We learned a lot from his sub­jects. He was cool, and not strict, he was usu­ally con­sid­er­ate. He was close to us stu­dents be­cause he ini­ti­ates out­ings, site vis­its site tours, and he gives free snacks to his stu­dents,” he said.

Mean­while, the Rotoras fam­ily is ap­peal­ing to pos­si­ble wit­nesses to come for­ward say­ing the wit­nesses will be pro­tected by au­thor­i­ties.

Eldie Rotoras, the older brother of mur­dered univer­sity pres­i­dent said the per­son who could pro­vide re­li­able in­for­ma­tion could be­come a mil­lion­aire as the P2.5 mil­lion re­ward is still up for grabs.

Eldie said even the driver of the Nis­san Navarra which was used to pick up the gun­men is also qual­i­fied to re­ceive the re­ward if he or she turn him­self in and co­op­er­ate with po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors to solve the crime.

“Since the day my brother was mur­dered up un­til now, we haven’t got­ten a sound and nice sleep know­ing that the gun­men are still out there, roam­ing around freely,” he said.

Eldie as­sured that wit­nesses should not worry of their safety be­cause the po­lice vowed to se­cure them and their iden­tity.

Eldie said his fam­ily was happy with the fast de­vel­op­ments of his brother’s case, point­ing out that there hopes are up that the case is close to its so­lu­tion.

Au­thor­i­ties showed the fa­cial com­pos­ite sketch of the “pos­si­ble wit­ness” to the case dur­ing the press brief­ing on Fri­day, Jan­uary 12.

Po­lice said the woman may have wit­nessed the univer­sity pres­i­dent’s mur­der.

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