First Posted 01:38:00 PM 08/08/2008
Naval, Biliran – the two young witnesses who implicated Gerardo S. Espina, Sr. as co-conspirator in the shooting incident that took place in the evening on June 7, 2008, killing two and wounding one of the bodyguards of Congressman Glenn A. Chong, strongly belied the presence of Atipolo Barangay Captain Ed Gaviola and two others who rode with him in a red XRM motorcycle and naval councilor Victor Del Rosario, Jr. together with his father and driver inside the compound of Espina’s house in Barangay Caray-Caray this town.
Norly Barotol and Marion Merced, aged 18 and 17 respectively of Sitio Ilawod, Barangay Caray-Caray, Naval, Biliran stated in paragraph 8 of their reply affidavit dated august 5, 2008 that Gaviola and del Rosario were not inside the compound of Espina’s house on that evening and that the claim of Gaviola and del Rosario that they were inside the Espina compound on that evening was a great lie, a concoction and a mere allegation.
In the previous affidavits executed by Barangay Captain Ed Gaviola and Councilor Victor Del Rosario, Jr., the two claimed that they went to the house of Gerardo S. Espina, Sr. a few hours later on the night of June 7, 2008.
In the same reply affidavit, the young witnesses confirmed the presence of naval Councilor Roselyn Espina Paras who disembarked from her car infront of the guard house just 1 1/2 meters away from them.
For her part, Councilor Roselyn Espina Paras denied the allegation of the two young witnesses that she was inside the Espina compound on that night by presenting several travel documents to vouch that she was in manila when the shooting incident happened.
They added that there was no Captain Ed Gaviola driving a motorcycle with two companions nor Councilor Victor del Rosario, with his driver and father that came inside until they left the compound at 1:00 A.M.
They claimed they know Captain Ed Gaviola and Councilor Victor Del Rosario, personally.
Barotol and Merced stated that the claim that it was Gaviola who allegedly rode the red XRM motorcycle together with two other companions who are unidentified up to now was made to mislead the prosecution and the court.