NBI files murder raps vs Pangasinan governor, solon
MANILA, Philippines—The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Tuesday filed a complaint for murder against Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino Jr. and Pangasinan 1st District Representative Jesus Celeste for the death of Infanta Mayor Ruperto Martinez.
Martinez was killed in front of his house on December 15, 2012 at Barangay Cato in Infanta. The alleged killers Ricardo “Kardo” Legarda and Richard Manuel are currently detained in Pangasinan Provincial Jail in Lingayen.
In a transmittal letter by NBI Director Nonnatus Rojas, a 16-year-old witness gave a detailed testimony about the death of Martinez.
The witness, who is the child of a close associate of the governor said he was present at a meeting in El Pescador Beach Resort Bolinao, Pangasinan where he overheard the discussion about allegedly killing Martinez because of his knowledge about the “itim na bato” (black rock).
The “itim na bato” reportedly refer to nickel found in the area.
The witness has been accepted in the government’s witness protection program. He executed his affidavit in the presence of representatives of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. The witness said he left his home because he suffers from physical abuse from his father.
He said he also has knowledge about the death of Kagawad Jovencia Gasmin of Barangay San Juan, Alcala, Pangasinan and Kagawad Nato Sabangan of Bayambang, Pangasinan.
Respondents have not yet received a copy of the complaint.
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