In order to reduce his criminal charges from parricide to homicide, former Bohol provincial board member Niño Rey Boniel pleaded guilty to the murder of his wife, Gisela Bendong-Boniel.
At the time of the murder, Gisela was mayor of Bien Unido town in Bohol and was reportedly abducted by her husband and his accomplices, from the Bien Unido Double Barrier Resort before being gunned down on June 7, 2017.
Her body was never recovered after being dumped into the waters within the islands of Caubian and Olango, some distance from Lapu-Lapu City.
According to witnesses questioned at the time, marital issues were assumed to be the root of the heinous crime.
Following Gisela’s disappearance, Boniel, his cousin, and driver were charged with the murder, however, the accused’s accomplices quickly turned into state witnesses.
As the plea bargain was accepted at the Lapu-Lapu City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 70, Boniel, along with co-conspirators Allan de los Reyes Jr., Wilfredo Hoylar, and Restituto Magoncia Jr., have been sentenced to eight to 14 years imprisonment, rather than 20 to 40 years.
Meanwhile, a friend of Gisela, Angela Leyson, still has pending cases of serious illegal detention and kidnapping filed against Boniel and his accomplices.
Leyson stated that she and her son were kept against their will by Boniel, in order to keep them from reporting the kidnapping of her friend to law enforcement.
Prior to her fate as a politician, Gisela was the first female pilot for Air Asia.
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