First Posted 6:10 PM 07/05/2008
Last Updated: 7:41 PM 07/07/2008
NAVAL, BILIRAN — It took a lot of courage for the witnesses to come out in the open to reveal what they have seen several hours later after the shooting incident in the evening of June 7, 2008 in front of Biliran solon’s residence in Naval and execute affidavits claiming that they saw the suspects inside the compound of the house of Former Congressman of the lone district of Biliran and former Mayor of Naval Gerardo Gerry S. Espina, Sr. located at Brgy. Caray-Caray, Naval, Biliran.
These two young boys aged 18 and 17 (names withheld) stated in their joint affidavit executed on June 30, 2008 that they were in the company of their twin friends (names withheld) at around 9 in the evening of June 7 outside the gate of the Espina compound whiling way the time when they saw and heard from the terrace the former congressman shouting at them “Pasok kayo dito, huwag kayong mag-istambay sa labas!” (You come inside. don’t stay out!).
They added that they went inside and stayed near the gate and continued conversing as they usually do and at about 10 pm the gate was opened and two motorcycles coming from the direction of Brgy. Catmon drove in.
What they saw was one in military uniform with armalite riding an Enduro motorcycle while the three others were on an XRM type motorcycle (both motorcycles are colored red) and looked scared and in a hurry..
L-R: Charlie Almine Ando, Jr., PO3 Jovito Say Cabillan and former Congressman and former Naval Mayor Gerry Espina, Sr.
According to the two boys, the three were met by former Congressman and Mayor Gerry Espina, Sr. and one of them said, “Sir muntik na kaming mayari!” (Sir, we almost got killed!).
They added that Espina, Sr. told them to go inside and that they could hear them clearly because the compound was very quiet.
They also saw that the man in uniform with armalite stayed at a distance from them and noticed him to be one of the guards of the Espina compound.
They said that they were told by a certain person (name withheld) not to go home yet because it was dangerous. The man said “Ayaw sa mo paggawas kay delikado”.
Residence of Former Congressman of the lone district of Biliran and former Mayor of Naval Gerardo Gerry S. Espina, Sr. located at Brgy. Caray-Caray, Naval, Biliran.
They stayed inside until 1 am of June 8, 2008 when SB member Roselyn Espina arrived and that was the time that they were given the go signal to leave since the door was already opened.
Up to the time they left they did not see the three men come out of the Espina residence while the one in uniform took up his post, they said.
Meanwhile, in the supplemental affidavit executed by the same two boys, they now come to know the name of the man in military uniform in Enduro type motorcycle as police officer Joe Bacalla, a security escort of the Espina family described as a slightly built and is often seen in Brgy. Caray-Caray.
They said that they know Bacalla because it was mentioned by one of his twin friends and was the one who came inside the gate first ahead of the three on board the XRM motorcycle.
One of the witnesses said that he was just about three meters away from the XRM motorcycle when it came inside the compound and passed by him and he saw the face of the driver of the XRM and the passenger seated next to the driver but could not see the face of the second passenger because his face was turned away from him.
After one of the witnesses was shown with the pictures of CIDG officers, he has identified SPO2 Charlie Almine Ando, Jr. as the driver of the XRM motorcycle and the passenger next to him as PO3 Jovito Say Cabillan.
One of the witnesses added that he can recognize them because the place had enough light and that SPO2 Ando looked like the popular actor Gabby Concepcion and recalled to be the same person who reported to former congressman Gerardo S. Espina, Sr., “Sir muntik na kaming mayari (Sir, we almost got killed).
They also recalled that it was an old woman who opened the gate while Espina, Sr. was watching her and that the old woman was in a hurry and looked very much scared when she opened the gate.
The two boys executed their supplemental affidavit on July 4, 2008 to supplement their previous joint affidavit in order to identify police officer Bacalla, SPO2 Charlie Almine Ando, Jr and PO3 Jovito Say Cabillan as the three of the four persons who went onside the Espina compound at about 10 pm of June 7, 2008. – BiliranIsland.com
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