Wit­ness ‘paid P10T to help dis­pose of vic­tim’s body’

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For­mer Bo­hol Pro­vin­cial Board mem­ber Niño Rey Boniel al­legedly gave his cousin Ri­olito Boniel P10,000 cash to drive the pump­boat that car­ried the body of Niño’s wife, Bien Unido, Bo­hol Mayor Gisela Boniel, in July last year.

Af­ter they dumped her in the wa­ters around the Caubian Islet in Olango, Cebu, Niño asked to be brought to Barangay Punta En­gaño in Lapu-Lapu City.

When Niño got off the boat, he al­legedly handed Ri­olito an en­ve­lope con­tain­ing the money.

“Gaw, imo ni gaw oh. Ayaw’g saba (This is for you. Don’t say any­thing),” Niño al­legedly told Ri­olito.

This was the tes­ti­mony of Ri­olito, who took the wit­ness stand on Fri­day, Nov. 9, dur­ing the hear­ing on Gisela’s mur­der in the sala of the Mu­nic­i­pal Trial Court in Ci­ties (MTCC) Branch 3 at the Lapu-Lapu Hall of Jus­tice.

“Suhol to sa gisugo niya nako (It was pay­ment for what he or­dered me to do),” Ri­olito told Se­nior State Pros­e­cu­tor Juan Pe­dro Nav­era.

Ri­olito said a man on a mo­tor­cy­cle was wait­ing for his cousin on the shore. Niño hopped on, he said. Ri­olito didn’t rec­og­nize the driver be­cause the lat­ter was wear­ing a hel­met.

Niño also al­legedly told Ri­olito not to say a word about what hap­pened and to dis­ap­pear, adding that he would take care of Ri­olito’s fam­ily.

How­ever, Ri­olito said he sur­ren­dered in Bien Unido af­ter re­ceiv­ing sev­eral phone calls from the po­lice, who asked him if he and Niño were to­gether.

The money Niño al­legedly gave Ri­olito was later seized by mem­bers of the Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice 7 dur­ing a hot pur­suit, or fol­low-up op­er­a­tion, when it was learned that Gisela had gone miss­ing.

Amando Vir­gil Ligutan, the lawyer for the vic­tim’s camp, said the on­go­ing di­rect ex­am­i­na­tion is still re­lated to the mo­tion to drop Ri­olito as an ac­cused, but his tes­ti­mony will be of great help to the pros­e­cu­tion.

“Once the judge says that Ri­olito is dis­charged..., au­to­matic he is ac­quit­ted,” Ligutan said.

Ri­olito’s di­rect ex­am­i­na­tion will con­tinue on Nov. 23.

RI­OLITO BONIEL WITH HIS WIFE

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