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Alleged killer of Boracay Ati spokesman arrested, charged; mastermind sought

Murdered Boracay Ati spokesman Dexter Condez (from the Facebook page of the Boracay Ati Community)
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MANILA, Philippines -- Police said they have arrested and charged the alleged killer of Dexter Condez, the spokesman of Boracay Island’s Ati tribe who was gunned down on February 22.

Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., director of Police Regional Office 6, said Wednesday the Aklan police filed murder charges on Tuesday against Daniel Celestino y Laserna with the office of Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Ronaldo Ingente.

“Our investigators gathered strong evidence from witnesses that it was Celestino who shot dead Condez,” Cruz said. “It’s now up to the court to prove the guilt of the suspect. We’ve an airtight case against him. At our level, the murder of Dexter Condez is already solved.”

However, he added, “our investigation … does not stop with the arrest and filing of a murder case against the culprit because it is our objective to also nail down the mastermind in the killing.”

Condez, 27, was killed in Barangay Manoc-Manoc after attending a meeting of the Boracay Ati Tribe Organization in Barangay Balabag.

Manoc-Manoc is where members of the organization formed by Boracay’s original inhabitants have been awarded 2.1 hectares through a Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title, which is being contested by private claimants.