Rival denies link to Isabela town mayor’s killing



Slain mayor Erlinda Domingo. . Photo by VILLAMOR VISAYA JR./INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

A political rival of slain Isabela town mayor Erlinda Domingo has submitted an affidavit denying any involvement in the murder.

Walter Villanueva, who was set to challenge Domingo in the upcoming mayoralty race in Maconacon, Isabela, said he executed the affidavit after some newspaper reports linked him to the mayor’s ambush-slay on Jan. 22.

“I do not have any idea why I am being tagged as the man behind the killing of Mayor Erlinda Domingo. Furthermore, I deny any connection with the said crime and with the persons allegedly arrested by police following the killing. I do not know them nor have I met any of them,” the politician said in his affidavit, a copy of which was furnished to the Philippine Daily Inquirer by a source.

Domingo, 51, was shot dead by armed men outside the Park Villa Apartelle in Barangay (village) West Avenue. Her driver, Bernard Plasos, was wounded in the attack.

“I am now executing this affidavit because several newspaper articles naming me as a suspect in her killing have been published and I want to clear my name of the crime being imputed against me,” he said.

Villanueva pointed out that even though he ran and lost against Domingo in the 2010 mayoralty race, he had “no reason to physically harm or kill her.”

“In fact, after the elections, I congratulated her and extended my offer for reconciliation and my help in whatever capacity,” the politician said.

He said the last time he saw Domingo was during Maconacon town’s founding anniversary and fiesta in 2011, adding he had no contact or connection with the mayor since then.

In his affidavit, Villanueva said he was in Baguio City with his wife on the night of Jan. 22, tending to a ready-to-wear clothing business he ran with his wife.

Police had quickly rounded up four suspects in the killing. In separate raids in Barangay Culiat and Barangay Commonwealth in Quezon City,  police picked up suspects Marsibal Indaman “Bagwis” Abduhadi and his wife, Mary Grace, Christian Pajenado and Michael Domingo.

A fifth reported suspect went to the QC police station on Tuesday night but was not detained.  The police said it no longer had authority to hold Ryan Santiago, 32, who they had earlier tagged as a suspect.

Santiago went to Camp Karingal to deny any involvement in the mayor’s slay. Police had included his name in a referral sheet sent to the QC prosecutors office. He was assisted by a lawyer from the Public Attorney’s Office.

Police earlier said Santiago was among those tagged by Pajenado, who was reportedly arrested in a construction site near the crime scene and who “confessed” to being part of the hit squad.

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  • $37644997

    The criminals(hit men)knew exactly their own target.

  • wilms1963

     bwahahaha….kalokohan yan…ang mga pulitiko  sa norte( sa buong pinas  na rin) kung magpapatay ng kalaban sa pulitika parang pumapatay lang ng lamok….ganyan ka walanghiya ang mga pulitiko mula sa bgy level hanggang sa matataas na posisyun….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GTVNMZR22PGMS55WQPIJTYB4IY Jaime

    Your nose is growing…

  • regd

    It’s him alright! Same excuses, same result. Same old same old.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IRMY2QABCWZK6VQNTMGMQNJEKA SUPERMAN

    entering politics is a devils advocate

  • ever green

    maconacon, divilacan and palanan will be strategic once the Philippines have the go ahead to exploit the Benham rise….sinong ayaw maging mayor ng mga towns na ito???? Benham rise is said to be very rich in oil and gas deposit…….
    Those in Isabela knows how politics here work….barangay captain nga lang tinutumba na mayor pa kaya????  Sana nga lang ung DYnasty rito mabuwag na Dyn.

  • Pitbulldog

    That person may also be involved in the killing of the former town mayor.  Di ba Muslim convert ang Ogag and the hitman was a Muslim in QC?  He is innocent till proven guilty naman, but he should be a prime suspect at least.

    • beerhunters

      “Allah is our Lord, Mohammed is our Leader, Qur’an is our Constitution, Shariah is our Law, Shahadat(martyrdom) is our Desire, Jihad is our Way, To Lie and Deceive the unbelieversINFIDELS and to Chop Off their hands and heads wherever we find them – is our Bounden duty.” Allahu Akbar!!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/YUHNRXD2SMYRGJ7GQOS3L2K4ZA Cannabis

        I don’t believe you…find me and let’s chop each other out. Takot mo lang sa akin….magtatawag ka lang ng kasama mo…

      • Pitbulldog

        Engot, ano ba koneksiyon ng mga sinabi mo sa komento ko.  Nasobrahan ka lang yata ng Red Horse.

      • beerhunters

        Can’t you see the connection? it is you who claimed that the suspect is a new convert to Islam. I paraphrased the core dictum of the islamic jihadists to give you an idea of how they will pursue their objectives. In this instance it looks like the members are paving the way by eliminating electoral rivals so that they can put in power one of their own.  In time if they can get one of their own elected, the next move is to establish a jihadist cell in the town. The town is an ideal base of operation considering that the town is not very accessible.

  • Jason Timbol

    pare koy TOOTH FOR A TOOTH YAN. bago sya naging mayor ng Maconacon sya ay vice mayor laang then pinatay si mayor Talosig kaya naging Mayor sya noong 2009.  kaya pulitika pa din anggulo…. sabi pa sa kanta ni Celine Dion It will coming back to me now.

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