Husband of slain Bohol town mayor files habeas corpus plea

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 09 2017 01:57 PM

Niño Rey Boniel, prime suspect in the killing of his wife, Bien Unido town Mayor Gisela Boniel, has filed a petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus against Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO) Director Felipe Natividad alleging that his arrest was baseless.

Boniel, a Bohol provincial board member, filed the petition on Thursday afternoon after police arrested him and tagged him as the principal suspect in the killing of his wife. 

The writ of habeas corpus is a legal remedy through which a person can report an unlawful detention or imprisonment to a court.

Police allege that Niño Rey killed his wife last Wednesday over personal disputes.

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Niño Rey denied the allegations.

However, Ethan Boniel, the suspect's cousin, told police Niño Rey shot the mayor using his own gun.

He recounted that after Niño Rey shot his wife, he and several others put her body inside a net and tied it to a 30-kilo rock. He then drove the boat to Caubian Island in Cebu to dump the body.

He said he helped his cousin execute the crime because he was indebted to the provincial board member. 

Police reports indicate that the mayor was first kidnapped by her husband and several others inside a dive camp in Bien Unido.

Authorities on Friday were still conducting search and retrieval operations at Caubian Island, Lapu-Lapu City to find the body of the mayor, who was shot dead and then dumped at sea. 

Authorities on Friday conduct search and retireval operations for the remains of Bien Unido Mayor Gisela Boniel at Caubian Island, Lapu-Lapu City
Authorities on Friday conduct search and retireval operations for the remains of Bien Unido Mayor Gisela Boniel at Caubian Island, Lapu-Lapu City

Sr. Supt. Jonathan Cabal of the Regional Intelligence Division in Central Visayas (RID-7) said Niño Rey had reported to Bohol police that his wife was missing.

CONDEMNATION

Meanwhile, Tuburan town Mayor Democrito Diamante, who is also the president of the League of Municipalities in Philippines for Cebu province and Vice President for Region 7, said he condemns the killing of Gisela.

Tuburan town Mayor Democrito Diamante

He said a person's life should not be taken away, especially in such a manner as Gisela's, who was a new member of their league.

She assumed office just last year, taking over her husband who used to be the mayor after three terms. --reports from Joworski Alipon, Annie Perez, and Rhea Soco, ABS-CBN News