New York, March 13, 2012--After reviewing evidence in the 2011 killing of journalist Gerardo Ortega, the Philippine Department of Justice on Tuesday recommended that murder charges be filed against
ex-governor Joel Reyes in the local courts, news
reports said. In doing so, the department reversed an earlier decision not to pursue charges against Reyes.
Although the accused triggerman, Marlon Recamata, named Reyes
in the murder, a June 2011 Department of Justice investigation found his statement
unsubstantiated, news reports said. Ortega's supporters submitted new evidence
a few weeks later and petitioned for the department to re-investigate, reports said. After reviewing the evidence, the department issued a
recommendation on Tuesday for murder charges to be filed against Reyes in the
Regional Trial Court of Puerto Princesa City, according to news reports.