Charges filed vs killers of Mambusao vice mayor

May 16, 2012 9:45 pm 

MANILA, May 16 – The Capiz Provincial Police Office on Wednesday formally filed criminal charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against nine suspects in the killing of Mambusao Vice Mayor Abel Martinez.

Sr. Supt. Domingo S. Cabillan, Capiz Provincial Police Office chief, asked DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima to conduct the preliminary investigation on the case for purposes of determining the probable cause and, if evidence warrants, the filing of criminal information in proper court.

Martinez, 79, a doctor by profession and on his second term as Vice Mayor, was shot dead by one of the suspects in front of his house at about 6 a.m. on May 4.

He was perceived to be the frontrunner in the mayoralty race in Mambusao, Capiz come 2013 local elections.

In Cabillan's criminal complaint, he identified the two suspects and named six other John Does and a Peter Doe, the alleged mastermind of the crime.

These are Geger Francisco, the gunman and Sunday Danid, the driver of the get-away motorcycle.

They are reportedly rebel returnees and remain at-large. However, police operatives believe they are still in Western Visayas.

The suspects were identified by a certain Jun-Jun, who was near the crime scene and a certain Rodel, who saw the suspects in Barangay Tumalalod, Mambusao, Capiz and other several witnesses.

Hours after the killing, policemen invited Renato Lago and Jerson Magallanes, workers of Kriskat Venture, which is owned by Engr. Leodegario Labao. Labao is known in the locality as eyeing also the mayoralty post in 2013.

Lago and Magallanes revealed in their statements that it was a certain Nene Army who contacted Cornelio Bautista to look for house in Mambusao where four persons could stay.

That was about three weeks before the killing. Bautista who works as a foreman of the Kriskat Venture in turn contacted Lago and asked him if he could make available the house of Lago's mother in Barangay Tumalalod, Mambusao. (PNA)



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