The Department of Justice closed Monday afternoon its scrutiny into the assassination of Trece Martires, Cavite Vice Mayor Alexander Lubigan.
The central suspect Trece Martires Mayor Melandres de Sagun was not present during the conclusion but tendered his rejoinder-affidavit through his lawyer.
De Sagun is facing charges for 2 counts of murder and 1 count of frustrated murder over the slaughter of Lubigan and his aide. The slain vice mayor was gunned down with his chauffeur Romulo Guillemer while inside his vehicle in Cavite in July 2018.
Lubigan’s relatives had said the late vice mayor meant to compete for mayor in 2019 elections against De Sagun’s wife.
In his rejoinder-affidavit, De Sagun stated there is no immediate evidence leading to him as the perpetrator who decreed the slaying of Lubigan.
“Let me remind the complainant that the only evidence she presented against me is the statement of one Alex Paiton who claimed that his brother told him that I was the one who ordered the killing of Vice Mayor Lubigan. Evidently, this is pure hearsay and has no legal leg to stand on and they in fact explicitly admitted in their reply-affidavit that indeed it is pure hearsay,” De Sagun said.
Involved parties of the case were granted 15 days to submit their memoranda. The case will then be presented for review.
News source: ABS-CBN News