City mayor rapped over Cavite slay

Spill the beans PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde talks to a witness to the killing of Trece Martires, Cavite Vice Mayor Alexander Lubigan after the filing of cases against City Mayor Melandres de Sagun and other local officials. ANALY LABOR

Incumbent Mayor Melandres de Sagun of Trece Martires City, Cavite and six others, including a city councilor, were charged by the Department of Justice for the killing of Trece Martires City Vice Mayor Alexander Lubigan and his driver Romulo Guillemer last July.

Gemma Lubigan, wife of the slain vice mayor, accompanied by Police Regional Office 4-A (Calabarzon) Director Edward Carranza and Cavite Police Chief William Segun filed murder and frustrated murder complaints against De Sagun, Maragondon, Cavite Councilor Lawrence Arca, Luis Vasquez Abad Jr., Ariel Fletchetro Paiton, Rhonel Bersamina and several John and Jane Does.

Last 7 July, Lubigan, 44, and his driver Guillemer, 50, died on the spot after their black Toyota Hi-Lux was riddled with bullets by gunmen, who were on board a similar vehicle, along the Trece Martires-Indang Road in Barangay Luciano, Trece Martires City.

The vice mayor’s security aide Romeo Edrinal, 56, who was also on board, was wounded in the attack.

Resolution nears Gemma Lubigan, wife of slain Trece Martires, Cavite Vice Mayor Alexander Lubigan, answers questions on her husband’s slay at a press conference in Camp Crame. ANALY LABOR

Unmarked vehicle

The gunmen, whose black sports utility vehicle (SUV) did not have a plate or conduction sticker, fled toward the direction of Indang, Cavite.

It was reported that Lubigan was on his third term as vice mayor.

Lubigan was gunned down around 3 p.m. outside the Korean-Philippines Hospital in his town 7 July.

The pickup truck of Lubigan driven by Guillemer was hit by the SUV of the gunman along the Trece Martires–Indang Road.

The gunmen’s black sports utility vehicle did not have a plate or conduction sticker.

Fatal shots

After gaining a good vantage point, the gunman opened fire, hitting the vice mayor fatally while his driver was still alive but was later on died at a hospital.

Immediately after the killings a task force was formed by Calabarzon Police to look into the matter and identify those behind the killing.

Lubigan was believed to have plans to run in the 2019 elections for mayor against De Sagun’s wife.

The killing though was vehemently denied by the camp of De Sagun claiming the mayor was out of the country when the killing happened.

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