Board Member Boniel indicted for kidnapping and serious illegal detention
CEBU CITY–The Bohol Provincial Prosecutor’s Office has indicted Provincial Board Member Niño Rey Boniel for allegedly holding captive the best friend of his wife, Mayor Gisela Boniel of Bien Unido town.
Assistant Prosecutor Aida Digaum-Langcamon recommended the filing of charges for kidnapping and serious illegal detention against Niño at the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Talibon town, Bohol province.
Lawyer Inocencio De La Cerna Jr., who spoke in behalf of Niño, said he was informed about the development of the case which was expected to be filed in court on Thursday.
De La Cerna said Niño’s lawyers in Bohol opted to withdraw their plea for a preliminary investigation which could have given them the chance to file a counter-affidavit and refute the allegations.
As a result, Prosecutor Langcamon ruled to elevate the case against Niño to the court.
The case stemmed from a complaint filed by Gisela’s friend Angela Gamalinda-Leyson, who along with her 17-year-old son, were purportedly held by Niño inside the Bien Unido Double Barrier Reef Dive Camp last June 7.
Leyson said one of Niño’s men tasered her. As she was led out of the room, she she saw Niño punched Gisela on the stomach.
The board member later released her and her son after they were warned not to tell the police about what happened.
But Leyson defied Niño’s order and reported the matter to the police.
Niño was eventually arrested and was pointed to by at least two other witnesses as the primary suspect in Gisela’s death.
Parricide charges had been filed against him and his nine alleged cohorts at the Lapu-Lapu City Prosecutor’s Office which has jurisdiction of the part of the sea where Gisela was reportedly shot and dumped.
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