Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales yesterday reversed the Joint Resolution dated June 15, 2009 that dismissed the criminal and administrative charges filed by spouses Felipe and Evelyn Pestaño for the murder of their son, Ensign Philip Andrew Pestaño.
In a 21-page Joint Order that granted the Pestaño spouses’ Motion for Reconsideration, Ombudsman Morales found probable cause to indict Naval Captain Ricardo Ordoñez and nine other naval officials for Murder.
Ombudsman Morales also found the respondents administratively liable for Grave Misconduct and ordered them dismissed from service.
The nine other naval officials are Cdr. Reynaldo Lopez, HM2 Welmenio Aquino, LCdr. Luidegar Casis, LCdr. Alfrederick Alba, MR2 Sandy Miranda, LCdr. Joselito Colico, LCdr. Ruben Roque, Petty Officer 1st Class Carlito Amoroso, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Mil Leonor Igcasan.
The Ombudsman ruled out the suicide theory as she found prima facie case of conspiracy to commit murder, after taking a hard look at the case including the additional evidence unearthed in the AFP investigation which were made available to the complainants ten years after the death of Ensign Pestaño.
The Information for murder was filed today, January 10, 2012 with the Sandiganbayan. ams/ Dir. Edgardo C. Diansuy, MAB-OMB