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Parricide charges filed vs former mayor, cult leader

Parricide charges filed vs former mayor, cult leader

The Philippine Star (Philippines), Jan. 23, 2002
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Police yesterday filed parricide charges against former Surigao del Norte mayor and cult leader Ruben Ecleo Jr. for the death of his wife Alona.

The regional PNP's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group also filed murder charges against Ecleo's bodyguard Juriven Padero, who was tagged by one of Alona's brother as the one who helped Ecleo load Alona's body into the trunk of Alona's car on the night of Jan. 5.

Alona's decomposing body was found four days later inside a black garbage bag at the foot of an eight-meter ravine, in the southern town of Dalaguete. Upon examination of Alona's body, National Bureau of Investigation medico-legal Nestor Sator said Alona appeared to have been beaten up and strangled, that eventually led to her death.

In their complaint filed before the City Prosecutor's Office, the CIDG said that based on their investigation, Ecleo and Padero appeared to have connived in killing Alona on the night of Jan. 5.
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