Ex-Palawan governor Reyes hiding in US?

Posted at 10/23/2012 8:52 PM | Updated as of 10/24/2012 8:06 AM

MANILA – The daughter of slain environmentalist Dr. Gerry Ortega, Mika Ortega, said she has been receiving reports that wanted fugitive and former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes may have already fled to the US.

Reyes and his brother, Coron Mayor Mario Reyes, are accused of killing Ortega.

Ortega’s daughter said she received reports that Reyes' wife, Palawan Vice Governor Clara Reyes, flew to the US on June 29 and stayed there for a month.

The Department of Interior and Local Government says Mrs. Reyes's trip was not authorized.

The Reyes brothers allegedly left the Philippines for Vietnam last March 18.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, meanwhile, has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to coordinate with the Interpol to hunt down the fugitive Reyes and his brother. -- Reports from Anthony Taberna, ABS-CBN News; ANC