• DOJ clears ex-mayor, 6 others of murder raps

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    Former Mayor Danilo Leyble of Antipolo City and six others on Tuesday announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) had dropped the murder charges against them in connection with the killing of alleged gunman in the failed assassination attempt on Mayor Casimiro Jun Ynares 3rd of Antipolo City and his father, former Gov. Caismiro “Ito” Ynares of Rizal.

    A seven-page resolution shown by Leyble which was signed by Associate Prosecutor Edgar Mamia, also acquitted Alfredo Cunanan Garcia, Danilo Aquino,Ricky Reyes, Tintin Garcia, former Vice Mayor Ronaldo Leyva and lawyer Andrei Zapanta.

    Complainant Dorina Laroco alleged the respondents connived in killing her husband Rolando Laroco, whose dead body was found riddled with 14 gunshots wounds in Barangay San Isidro, Antipolo City on August 26, this year.

    According to Mrs. Laroco, the respondents killed her husband when he backed out of a plot to kill Leyble’s political enemies.

    In dismissing the complaint, DOJ clarified that aside from the photo of her husband riddled with gunshots wounds, the complainant was not able to present solid evidence against the respondents.

    “While we sympathize with her with the death of her husband, we are also duty bound not to indict any person if the same was not warranted by evidence.”

    “A witness can testify only to this fact which he knows of his personal knowledge, that is which are derived from his own personal perception,” the resolution further states.

    Jing Villamente

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