2 indicted in Trece Martires VM’s murder

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Trece Martires Vice Mayor Alexander Lubigan

THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ) indicted two individuals, including the alleged gunman, in the slay of Trece Martires Vice Mayor Alexander Lubigan, according to DoJ spokesperson and Undersecretary Markk L. Perete. In a text message to reporters, Mr. Perete said the complaint over Mr. Lubigan’s death was resolved last week, citing the National Prosecution Service. Indicted were alleged gunman Ariel F. Paiton for two counts of murder and Councilor Lawrence “Umbe” Arca of Maragondon as accessory to the crime. Accessories are those who have knowledge of the crime without participating in the commission of the crime itself. Mr. Perete, however, said the complaint against Luis V. Abad, Jr., Mayor Melandres de Sagun, and Rhonel Bersamina were dismissed. Mr. Lubigan, together with his driver Romulo Guillemer, were shot inside his vehicle on July 7, 2018. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas