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NEWSPIX: ‘Fugitive lawmaker Ruben Ecleo still in Philippines’

Former Dinagat Islands Rep. Ruben Ecleo Jr., the “supreme master” of the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association (PBMA) has not left the country despite futile efforts of police teams to find him.

Atilano Fabella, chairman of the PBMA Support Group, in a statement said Ecleo will surface in due time when the conditions are right for him to get justice.

Fabella reiterated the conviction of his supreme master in 2012 on parricide case was due to the alleged betrayal and mishandling of Ecleo’s lawyer Orlando Salatandre Jr. and Giovanni Mata.

The two lawyers face disbarment complaint for “negligence and lack of fidelity, care, and devotion to the cause of their client” filed by Fabella, a retired police officer.

Ecleo was sentenced to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of parricide for killing his wife Alona Bacolod-Ecleo in their home in Cebu City in 2002.

In 2006, the Sandiganbayan also sentenced the fugitive lawmaker to 31 years in jail after the ant-graft court found him guilty of graft and corruption over the anomalous construction of a public market and a municipal building, and the repair and rehabilitation of a building owned by PBMA while he was mayor of San Jose, Dinagat Island, in Surigao del Norte from 1991 to 1994.

A nationwide manhunt for Ecleo is ongoing. By GD

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