Suspect in journalist’s murder rushed to hospital due to reflux

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FORMER Davao del Sur Gov. Douglas Cagas, the alleged brains in the murder of Digos City journalist Nestor Bedolido in 2010, was rushed to a hospital in Digos City Wednesday.

Chief Insp. Peter Bongngat, district jail warden of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, said Cagas was brought to the Digos Cooperative Hospital in Barangay Tres de Mayo after suffering from gastroesophageal reflux or GERD.

Bongngat was relaying an information he received from cardiologist Vicente Balazo who attended Cagas after he was rushed to the hospital. Cagas has been incarcerated at the infirmary of the district jail in Digos City after the warrant for his arrest was released on October 20.

 GERD is defined as a common condition where acid from the stomach leaks out and up into the esophagus. Its symptoms include heartburn, acid reflux, and pain when swallowing. It is a condition common among newborn babies, and is never considered a serious medical condition.

Bongngat also said that Cagas was “hypertensive with cardiovascular disease.”

The counsel of Bedolido, lawyer Caesar Europa, said he will look into this.

“We do not see any reason to oppose if it was in order (by the court),” he said in a text message sent to journalists. “It is the right of any accuse to seek medical treatment. But if it was a manipulation to afford him special treatment, then we will certainly question it.”

Another alleged brains in the murder of Bedolido, Matanao Mayor Vicente Fernandez, is also currently under hospital arrest.

The self-confessed gunman, Voltaire Mirafuentes, implicated the two politicians in the killing of Bedolido. Also implicated are the alleged Cagas henchmen, Bado Sanchez and Ali Ordaneza.

Just last week, Judge Carmelita Davin inhibited herself from the case. Two days later, the second judge, Magnolia Velez, also inhibited saying she is a relative of the wife of Cagas, Davao del Sur Representative Mercedes Cagas. | JMT, NewsDesk

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