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Slain botanist’s kin file murder raps vs Army men By Benjamin B. Pulta 01/26/2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Slain botanist’s kin file murder raps vs Army men

By Benjamin B. Pulta 01/26/2011
Murder charges have been filed before the Department of Justice (DoJ) against 38 soldiers in connection with the killing of noted botanist Leonardo Co and his two companions in the mountains of Kananga, Leyte on Nov. 15, 2010.

The criminal charges were filed by Co’s wife Glenda and parents Lian Sing Co and Emelina Co through their lawyer Evalyn Ursua against members of the Army’s 19th Infantry Battalion.

Named respondents were 1st Lt. Ronald Odchimar, 2nd Lt. Cameron Perez, Corporal Marlon Mores, Private First Class (Pfc) Albert Belmonte, Pfc Michael Babon, Pfc Elemer Fortaleza, Pfc Roger Fabillar, Pfc Gil Guimerey, Pfc Alex Apostol, Pfc William Bulic and 28 John Does.

Ursua said Co’s relatives are also appealing to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to set aside the findings of the fact-finding committee that she created which cleared the military of any responsibility over the death of Co and his companions Sofronio Cortez and Julio Borromeo..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/nation/20110126nat1.html

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