LUCENA City -- The three policemen who have been charged with the murder of a Quezon town mayor’s son and his aide were transferred from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) custodial facility in Manila to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Pagbilao, Quezon.
NBI-Quezon chief Dominador Villanueva said Judge Dennis Orendain, of Lucena City Regional Trial Court, Branch 53, issued the order during the case’ supposed arraignment last Friday.
Villanueva said Atty. Aris Burgos, counsel for accused Supt. Mark Joseph Laygo, PO1 Robert Legazpi and PO2 Lonald Sumalpong, tried to oppose the ruling citing security reasons.
However, Villanueva said the judge granted Burgos’ plea to reschedule the arraignment for his clients on grounds that they have filed a petition for review before the Department of Justice and awaiting for its resolution.
Villanueva said the arraignment was set on May 31 even the petition is yet to be resolved by the DoJ.
Escorted by NBI agents led by NBI- Quezon Executive Officer Ferdinand Dagdag and Special Investigator Raul Tepace, the three cops were taken to the BJMP after undergoing medical examination at the City Health Office.
Laygo, Legazpi and Sumalpong are suspects in the killing of Christian Gayeta, 21, son of Sariaya Mayor Marcelo Gayeta; and Christian Manalo, 38, in Tayabas City last March 13.