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NBI digs deeper into death of Quezon mayor's son slay

LUCENA CITY--- After filing double murder case against three policemen on the death of a Quezon mayor's son and his companion, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is now digging deeper to find out the suspects' real motive behind the alleged killing.
NBI- Quezon chief Dominador Villanueva said they need to establish not only the guilt of former Tayabas City police station commander Supt. Mark Joseph Laygo and his men PO3 Robert Legazpi and PO2 Lonald Sumalpong but also their motive on their act. "In handling cases like this, the investigators need to determine not only if their suspect did the crime. They should also find out why he did it", said Villanueva, a multi-awarded senior agent of the bureau. He said the victims, Christian Gayeta, 21 and Christian Manalo, 38 are son and most trusted aide, respectively, of Sariaya Mayor Marcelo Gayeta. "That's why we are looking on the possibility that their killing might have something to do with the mayor's being a politician, a leader and a reelectionist candidate", said Villanueva. At the moment, Villanueva said they already have 15 witnesses on hand and they expect that there will be more to surface in the coming days. The three supects were formally charged with double murder before the Tayabas City Prosecutor's Office on Saturday. However, City Prosecutor Alfredo Juarez ruled that the filing of charges be held in abeyance pending the filing of counter affidavit by the accused policemen. Juarez made the ruling upon the motion of lawyer Aris Burgos, the counsel for the three accused. Juarez gave them five days to have it filed. "You have until Wednesday to do it. And by that day, with or without your counter affidavit, case will be submitted for resolution", said Juarez. But despite the ruling, the three accused will remain detained as they are under restrictive custody of the police. (GEMI FORMARAN)