Reynaldo Manila, a Filipino national jailed at the Department of Corrections, flew to Guam at 8:45am Friday for medical treatment on his eye, according to special assistant for communications and protocol Ivan Blanco.
On Jan. 6, 2016, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres denied commutation for Manila as recommended by the CNMI Board of Parole after taking into account discussions with the Attorney General’s Office and other enforcement agencies.
“The administration made the necessary arrangements for Mr. Manila to seek medical treatment in Guam as required under the CNMI Constitution,” Blanco said in an email.
This was made possible through the assistance of CBP, the CNMI AG’s Office, the DEA Taskforce, and other federal, local, and Guam partners.
Manila is expected to receive treatment on Jan. 31. While in Guam, he will be confined at the Guam Adult Correctional Facility.
On Dec. 22, the CNMI Board of Parole unanimously voted to support commuting Manila’s 60-year prison sentence so he could seek treatment in the Philippines. Manila is 54 years old and has served 15 years so far and is five years away from being eligible for parole.
Manila was 39 years old when then-Superior Court associate judge Virginia Sablan-Onerheim sentenced him in June 2002 to 60 years in prison for second-degree murder over the death of the infant.
The baby lingered in the hospital for several days before dying on Nov. 6, 2000.
A jury found Manila guilty of second-degree murder and child abuse.