Bohol Provincial Board Member Niño Rey Boniel will be charged with parricide for the kidnapping and killing of his wife, Bien Unido Mayor Gisela Bendong-Boniel, police said.

Police investigators said Boniel kidnapped and shot his wife, a commercial airline pilot, and threw her body into the sea. Sun.Star Cebu reported that the parricide case will be filed in Lapu-Lapu Regional Trial Court, since Gisela was shot in Lapu-Lapu City. The serious illegal detention and kidnapping charges will be filed at the Tagbilaran Regional Trial Court in Tagbilaran, Bohol. (Read: Politician faces multiple charges for wife slay)

Bien Unido Mayor Gisela Boniel

The reported killing of commercial pilot and Bien Unido Mayor Gisela Boniel is front page story in all 3 English dailies in Cebu today.

What we know so far about the case:

  1. Riolito Boniel, Niño’s cousin, told police it was Niño who shot Gisela while they were on a boat. They then wrapped her body with fishnet and weighed it down using 2 rocks.
  2. Angela Leyson, Gisela’s best friend, said they just came from filing a graft case with the Commission on Audit in Tagbilaran City and the mayor’s annulment papers.
  3. Leyson said Gisela wanted to leave Niño and felt she was only being used for her position.
  4. Leyson also told police that before she lost consciousness, she saw Gisela talking to her husband and then getting punched in the stomach.
  5. Sun.Star Cebu reported that when asked why he killed his wife, Niño shook and bowed his head and said, “Lawom kaayo (ang rason). Mangayo lang kog dispensa (It’s complicated. I just ask for forgiveness).”
  6. The Philippine Daily Inquirer, quoting friends of the couple, reported that Niño got angry at his wife when he learned she got a loan for a watch worth P2.5 million. (Read: Bohol mayor shot dead, thrown into sea; husband arrested)

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