DOJ summons Cam, son to attend probe on Masbate exec killing

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    THE Department of Justice (DOJ) has summoned Philippine Charity Sweepstake Office (PCSO) board member Sandra Cam to attend the preliminary investigation into the October 2019 killing of Batuan, Masbate vice mayor Charlie Yuson III in Manila.

    The one-page subpoena dated February 28 likewise directed Cam’s son, Marco Martin, and Batuan acting Mayor Nelson Cambaya to also attend the hearing.

    Also subpoenaed were alleged gunmen Junel Gomez, Bradford Solis, Juanito De Luna and Rigor dela Cruz.

    Gomez, Solis, De Luna and Dela Cruz were arrested a day after Yuson was killed and his two companions wounded in Sampaloc, Manila on Oct. 10, 2019.

    “Under and by virtue of the authority vested in us by law, you are hereby summoned to appear at [the] 3rd Floor Conference Room, New Building, Department of Justice, Padre Faura, Ermita Manila on March 9, 2020 and March 16,2020 at 2p.m., in connection with the preliminary hearing of the above-entitled case and to submit your counter-affidavit and those of your witnesses and other supporting documents, if any, in your defense,” read the subpoena.

    The subpoena was signed by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Juan Pedro Navera, Assistant State Prosecutor Josie Christina Dugay and Associate Prosecution Attorney Eugene Yusi.

    The DOJ said failure on the part of Cam and the other respondents to attend and answer the cases filed by the National Bureau of Investigation shall be deemed as a waiver to present their defense.

    In the absence of their counter-affidavits, the panel warned it shall resolve the case solely based on the complainants’ evidence.

    Aside from the accused, the panel also invited the wife and brother of the slain mayor, as well as his aide, Alberto Alforte, who survived the attack.

    Cam’s son Marco Martin lost to Yuson’s son, Charmax Jan Yuson, for Batuan’s mayoralty post in the 2019 elections. The younger Yuson, however, was jailed for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition and his father was named acting mayor until he was killed.

    The NBI last February 23 filed the cases against the respondents and named Yuson’s widow, Lalaine, his brother Charlie Jr. and Alforte as complainants.

    Yuson, Alforte and another companion, Wilfredo Pineda, were having breakfast when they were shot at. Alforte and Pineda survived the attack though both were injured.

    Cam has repeatedly denied any knowledge or involvement in the crime.