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Philippine ex-governor ordered arrested for murder

MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Police in the Philippines say they have arrested an aide to a former governor in the killing of a radio anchor and prominent environmentalist. They are also searching for the ex-governor himself and a local mayor whom the journalist had accused of corruption.

Gerardo Ortega was fatally shot last year by a self-confessed hit man who implicated former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes, his brother who is also a mayor, and an administrator. A Palawan court issued warrants that led to the former administrator’s arrest Tuesday.

Police Director Samuel Pagdilao said Wednesday that authorities are still looking for the Reyes brothers.

Ortega’s killing alarmed environmentalists, who say he was silenced for opposing mining on the island famous for pristine beaches.

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