By Martin Sadongdong
The vehicle allegedly used by the suspects in killing Trece Martires, Cavite Vice Mayor Alexander Lubigan was recovered by the police Wednesday on a bridge in Maragondon town, approximately 26 kilometers from where the latter was ambushed.
Senior Inspector Rez Alovera, chief of Maragondon Municipal Police Station, said a metallic black-dark green Toyota Hilux was first discovered by a student on Mabacao-Pantihan Bridge at Barangay Tulay B around 6:55 am.
“Papasok na ‘yung estudyante sa eskwela tapos nakita niya ‘yung sasakyan na abandonado kaya tumawag siya ng barangay. Ang barangay naman ang nag-report sa amin (The student was on his way to school when he noticed the abandoned car so he called barangay officials. They were the ones who reported the sighting to us),” Alovera told the Manila Bulletin in a phone interview.
Alovera said the bridge is situated in a secluded area and is not a major thoroughfare so only locals pass through it.
“Sementado naman po ‘yung daan pero liblib po ito at walang kabahayan (The road leading to the bridge was cemented but secluded and there are no houses built there),” he said.
Alovera said the vehicle, which has no plate number or conduction sticker, was brought to the Maragondon Municipal Police Station where it will be processed by the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO).
He added that they will coordinate with the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) to aid them in locating the identity of the owner of the pick-up truck.
“Kasama din po ‘yung lifting ng finger prints at ituturing na crime scene processing pa rin ito para malaman natin kung may naiwang bakas ‘yung mga suspek (We will also conduct finger print lifting and this will also be treated as a crime scene processing to determine whether the suspects left some traces),” Alovera said.
Alovera said he has already coordinated with the Trece Martires City Police Station to give the details of their initial investigation.
It can be recalled that Lubigan was ambushed in front of the Korean-Philippines Friendship Hospital along Trece-Indang Road in Barangay Luciano, Trece Martires City last July 7. He was on board his black Toyota Hilux bearing conduction sticker number YV-4077.
Also killed was Lubigan’s driver-bodyguard, Romulo Guillemer, while another security aide, Romulo Endrinal, survived the ambush and is still under observation at the Korean-Philippines Friendship Hospital.
Politics is one possible motives being eyed by investigators behind the ambush as Lubigan was killed a day after he revealed to his “inner circle” that he would be running for a higher position in the forthcoming 2019 midterm elections.
Lubigan was serving his third term as the vice mayor of Trece Martices City.