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Gov't prosecutors secure murder conviction vs Army reservist.

By Jeffrey Damicog

Government prosecutors have secured the murder conviction of an Army reservist for killing a man in a road rage incident in Manila three years ago.

Department of Justice (DOJ) spokesman Undersecretary Markk Perete said Judge Buenaventura Albert Tenorio Jr. of Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) issued a decision Monday (August 5) which found Vhon Martin Tanto guilty of murder for killiing Mark Vincent Geralde.

"The Court imposed upon Tanto the penalty of reclusion perpetua," Perete said in a statement.

Tenorio also ordered Tanto to indemnify the heirs of Geralde more than P1.04 million as actual damages, and P100,000 for moral and exemplary damages.

The case concerns a road rage incident last July 25, 2016 when the two men got into a fist fight after Geraldo, who was riding his bicycle blocked Tanto's car on P. Casal St. in Quiapo, Manila.

Tanto, a Philippine Army Reservist, shot Garalde twice after the altercation.

Perete noted government prosecutors were able to get the conviction after having presented evidence which convinced the magistrate to make a guilty ruling.

"The prosecution presented 10 witnesses, as well as the closed circuit television footage of Barangay 385 Quiapo where the incident transpired," he said.


Department of Justice (DOJ) Undersecretary Markk Perete (Photo courtesy of / MANILA BULLETIN)

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Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:Aug 5, 2019
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