Husband of ex-Batangas town mayor tagged as slay brains


Prosecutor General Claro Arellano. PHOTO BY TETCH TORRES-TUPAS/

MANILA, Philippines—The arrested suspect in the killing of Batangas Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Alexander Sandoval tagged the husband of a former Batangas town mayor as the brains behind the murder.

Jayson Espejo Guerrero, who was arrested by police Thursday night, alleged that Gines Mendoza, husband of former Sta. Teresita town mayor Ana Mendoza, was the mastermind behind the attack, Prosecutor General Claro Arellano told over the phone Friday.

Police arrested Ana Thursday evening  after the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group searched her residence and seized several firearms.

Sandoval was shot dead by two motorcycle-riding gunmen along a highway in Barangay Muzon in San Luis town, near the boundary of Sta. Teresita, around 11 a.m. Thursday.

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines condemned the attack.

“There have been too many deaths, too many have resorted to acts of violence to subvert the ends of justice and we are taking action now,” the IBP through its executive vice president and incoming president Vicente Joyas, said in a statement.

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