CEBU CITY- Family and friends of slain Bohol Bien Unido Mayor Gisela Bendong- Boniel remembered her two years since she was allegedly killed in June 7, 2017.
The case is still unsolved since the body has never been found.
Gisela’s husband, former Bohol provincial board member Niño Rey Boniel, was charged of parricide, kidnapping, serious illegal detention and physical injuries over his alleged role in the killing of his wife, Gisela.
The family of Boniel, which included her sister, Merlita Bendong, and her 7-year-old son, and her best friend Angela Leyson, who was with Boniel on the night of her kidnap and eventual murder, took a boat ride to the seas off Olango Island, the site believed to be where Boniel’s body was thrown after being killed, to pay their respects to the slain mayor.
They offered flowers to the sea along and said some prayers, asking that justice may be served for the mayor.
Recently, Judge Ferdinand Collantes of Branch 54 of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Lapu-Lapu City has inhibited himself from further hearing the case, according to Cebu Daily News Digital.
The cases against Rey Niño Boniel and the six other co-accused will have to be reraffled to another judge further delaying the case.
Mayor Gisela was allegedly kidnapped and murdered in Bien Unido, Bohol, and was thrown to the sea at dawn of June 7, 2017.
Before she ran for public office, Gisela was a commercial pilot of AirAsia with a rank of captain.
Witnesses of her murder, which included Riolito Boniel, a relative of her huband who drove the motor boat which allegedly brought her body to the sea, claimed that Niño Boniel killed her wife.
Niño pleaded not guilty to the parricide case and trial continues to this day.
For justice for her death, family has created a Facebook page of Gisela.