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VM Lubigan’s widow denies killing husband

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The widow of Trece Martires Vice Mayor Alexander Lubigan denied having a hand in the killing of her husband, describing the allegations against her as “laughable.”

In her Reply-Affidavit before state prosecutors, Gemma Lubigan downplayed insinuations that she masterminded the killing of Vice Mayor Lubigan to win an election.

Mayor Melandres de Sagun, also implicated in the murder case, claimed: “And how convenient it is that when the fateful event happened, the better half of the vice mayor was opportunely left at the gym because allegedly she was not yet done with her routine. Was she forewarned that something will happen?”

Mrs. Lubigan responded: “The insinuation that I was responsible for my husband’s death is laughable at best.”

She also asked state prosecutors’ to junk the respondents’ defense “for bearing nothing more but self-serving claims, bare denials and outrageous lies.”

In The Freeman report, Vice Mayor Lubigan’s wife said her husband’s murder “eliminated the top-seeded mayoralty candidate.”

“The rise of popularity and public clamor for the late vice mayor served as a threat to the power held so long by the De Sagun clan,” she also said, adding that Alexander’s death “strengthened [the de Sagun family’s] position to the top post of the city of Trece Martires,” she added.

Lubigan was shot dead on board his vehicle by an unidentified gunman along Trece Martires-Indang Road on July 8.