National Bureau of Investigation has filed formal charges against Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte Mayor Flora Villarosa and two other persons in connection with the death of the public official’s relative in 2016 before the Department of Justice.
Aside from Villarosa, likewise sued for murder and arson were self-confessed gunmen Ernie Lumusco and Roy Bala-yong.
Villarosa, Lumusco, and Balayong were charged for the death of Restituto Sasuman over an alleged land dispute.
The NBI added that the victim’s house was also allegedly set on fire.
“The sworn statements of Ernie Lumocso and Roy Balayong clearly revealed that Villarosa and Gepolongca planned and ordered the killing of Restituto Sasuman because of his vehement refusal to vacate the disputed land, which caused their difficulty to pursue the construction of the intended government projects,” the NBI complaint read in part.
Villarosa vehemently denied any hand in the murder of Sasuma.