Journalist Marlene Esperat’s killers sentenced to life term
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / October 6) – Relatives of slain
journalist Marlene Esperat hailed with reservation on Friday the
decision of the court in Cebu City that convicted three of her four
killers to life terms.
Valmie Mariveles, elder sister of the victim, questioned why not all
the four were sentenced “for carrying out the killing”.
“Barua should have been also convicted,” said Mariveles, who attended
the promulgation with the four children of the slain Esperat.
Rowie Barua, a suspect, is a former military intelligence officer who
turned state witness.
Cebu Regional Trial Court Branch 21 Judge Eric Menchavez before
noontime convicted to reclusion perpetua (life imprisonment) Jerry
Cabayag, Randy Grecia and former Army sergeant Estanislao Bismanos.
The four, including Barua, carried out the murder plan against Ms. Esperat.
Although the family appeared dissatisfied with the verdict, Mariveles
sounded upbeat saying that the case against the masterminds could be
pursued using Barua as witness. Read story here.