Trece Martires’ vice mayor’s widow insists murder raps vs suspects

November 05, 2018

THE widow of slain Vice Mayor Alexander Lubigan of Trece Martires in Cavite yesterday insisted on the murder charges against Mayor Melandres de Sagun and four others before the Department of Justice (DoJ).

In continuation of preliminary investigation, Gemma Lubigan filed her reply-affidavit and reiterated her allegation that the mayor was behind the killing of her husband last July 8 allegedly in conspiracy with Councilor Lawrence Arca of Maragondon, Cavite, a certain Rhonel Bersamina, Luis Abad Jr. and alleged gunman Fletchetro Paiton.

She asked the DoJ panel to reject the defense submitted by the respondents in their respective counter-affidavits and instead indict them before the court for murder.

“The respondents’ counter-affidavits do not deserve even a scant consideration from this honorable office for bearing nothing more but self-serving claims, bare denials and outrageous lies,” read her 13-page reply.

She added that De Sagun and the other respondents failed to disprove their alleged involvement in ambush on the vice mayor and his driver Romulo Guillemer, who survived the attack.

“Despite the opportunity given, the respondents failed to offer any credible evidence in order to disprove and defeat the existence of probable cause for the crime of murder and frustrated murder against them,” she stressed.

De Sagun has earlier denied involvement in the killing of his vice mayor.