Category: Ruben Ecleo

Lawmaker / cult leader Ruben Ecleo gets 31 years in jail for graft

Ruben Ecleo The Philippines Supreme Court has denied with finality the appeal of Dinagat Islands Rep. Ruben Ecleo Jr. seeking to reverse the Sandiganbayan anti-graft court’s 2006 ruling convicting him and two other people of graft and sending them to 31 years in prison.

Ecleo still faces an often-delayed trial on charges that he committed parricide by murdering his wife Alona in January, 2002.

Ecleo trial may end in 60 days

Ecleo, the supreme leader of the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association and a former mayor of San Jose town in Dinagat Island in Surigao del Norte, is on trial in connection with the killing of his wife, at the time a medical student at one of the local universities in Cebu.

Cult leader healthy enough for jail, doctor tells court

CEBU CITY — A cardiologist has testified in court that controversial cult leader Ruben Ecleo Jr. is fit to go back to jail, citing his medical findings that the supreme master of the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association has no significant heart disease. Private prosecutors on Thursday presented Dr. Generoso Matiga, an internist specializing in cardiology from the Perpetual Succor Hospital, to testify on his findings after being asked by Regional Trial Court Judge Geraldine Econg to conduct medical examinations on Ecleo. Ecleo, who is facing a parricide case after being accused of killing his wife Alona Bacolod-Ecleo in January 2002,

Judge readmits junked evidence in murder case vs cult leader Ecleo

CEBU CITY – A lady Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge handling the parricide case against cult leader Ruben Ecleo Jr. readmitted last Tuesday three of the pieces of evidence she had earlier junked as they were deemed “inadmissible as evidence.” RTC Judge Geraldine Faith Econg said the three items were important to the prosecution’s effort to identify the cadaver found in Dalaguete town in southern Cebu. The prosecution panel is establishing that the cadaver was that of Ecleo’s wife, Alona. The three items included a shower curtain with bloodstains, one bloodied black garbage bag, and a big plastic garbage bag.

Ecleo prosecutors suffer big blow

Prosecutors handling Ecleo case suffer big blow as PNP fails to identify cadaver CEBU CITY — In what was seen as a big blow to the prosecutors handling the parricide case against Ruben Ecleo Jr., the medico-legal officer of the Philippine National Police (PNP) told the court that the samples taken from the alleged cadaver of Ecleo’s wife did not yield any DNA profile. Chief Inspector Francisco Supe Jr. said the taking of blood samples from a minor son of Ecleo may no longer be necessary in light of the successive and continuous failure to yield DNA profile from the