Airtight case vs mayor, et al

Published September 14, 2018, 4:20 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Anthony Giron

CAMP GARCIA, Cavite — Senior Superintendent William M. Segun, Cavite Police Provincial Office (PPO) director, and lawyers said Friday they have an airtight case against the five suspects in the July 7 ambush-slaying of Trece Martires City Vice Mayor Alexander C. Lubigan.

The principal suspect in the case is Trece Martires Mayor Melandres G. de Sagun who is now reportedly in the United States and has not issued a statement.

Gemma Lubigan (center) wife of Trece Martires City, Cavite Vice Mayor Alexander Lubigan accompanied by the lone witness (at right wearing a white t-shirt), and Annabel Guillemer arrive at the Department of Justice in Manila to file two counts of murder and frustrated murder against Trece Martires Mayor Melandres De Sagun Thursday. (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)
Gemma Lubigan (center) wife of Trece Martires City, Cavite Vice Mayor Alexander Lubigan accompanied by the lone witness (at right wearing a white t-shirt), and Annabel Guillemer arrive at the Department of Justice in Manila to file two counts of murder and frustrated murder against Trece Martires Mayor Melandres De Sagun Thursday. (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)

Last Thursday, a double murder and frustrated murder complaint was filed before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against De Sagun and several others over the killing of Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan and his driver, Romulo Guillemer. The ambush also wounded the vice mayor’s security aide, Romeo Edrinal.

Four others accused in the case were identified by Segun as Ariel Fletchetro Paiton, Luis Vasquez Abad Jr., Maragondon Councilor Lawrence “Umbe” Arca, Rhonel Bersamina, but several others involved in the case are known only as “John Does.”

Segun accompanied Lubigan’s wife Gemma and Anabel, wife of Guillemer, in filing the complaints at the Prosecutor General’s Office last Thursday.

Lubigan and Guillemer died after a man with an M-16 rifle opened fire at his black pickup near the Korean-Philippines Friendship Hospital on Trece Martires-Indang Road in the afternoon of July 7.

A source said that five Philippine National Police (PNP) and private lawyers are handling the Lubigan case.

Thirty-nine pages of complaint affidavits, including the transmittal, were filed against the suspects.

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