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Counter Affidavit Romeo Seratubias

Counter Affidavit Romeo Seratubias

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RepublicofthePhilippines
DepartmentofJpstice
PadreFaura,Manila
PATRIAGLORIAORTEGA,Complainant,
NPSDocketNo.IV-17-INQ-llA-00005
-versus-forMARLONRECAMATAYBECHAVEZ,Aka"TAGAR",ETAL.,Respondents,"MURDER"
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----XRepublicofthePhilippines)CityofPuertoPrincesa)s.s.
COUNTER-AFFIDAVIT
I,
ATTY.ROMEOM.SERATUBIAS,
oflegalage,mar-riedandresidingatGreenValleyHomesSubdivision,afterhavingbeendulyswornt~inaccordancewithlaw,herebydeposeandsay:1.ThatIamoneoftherespondentsintheabove-enti
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2.ThatIvehementlydenyanyparticipationwhat-soeverintheaccusationimputedtome;3.ThatthetruthofthematteristhatsometimeonJanuary15,2011ataround9:00o'clockinthemorning,IreceivedaphonecallthroughmycellphonefromPercivalLecias,aknownProvincialGovernmentemployee,inquiringifitwastruethatIwassellingmyARMSCOR45caliberpistol;4.ThatwhenIansweredintheaffirmative,heaskedwhatthepricewasandIansweredPHP23,000.00togetherwiththetransferoflicense;5.Thatfinally,weagreedatPHP20,000;
 
portedamountagreeduponwhichIdidnotbothertocountanymoreupontrustandconfidenceonhim;7.ThatIproposedtomakeaDeedofSalewithtransferoflicensebuthedeclin~dbecausehewaslnahurryandhedoesnotallegedlyneedthelicensebecauseitwasintendedonlyfortheuseinthefarm;8.ThatIprevaileduponhimtojustsignanack-nowledgmentreceiptoftheguninapieceofpaper,machinecopyofwhichisheretoattachedas
Annex".''',
justt_2_estabLishthefactofsaleandtoshowproofthatthesubjectgunwasnolongerinmypossessionandcontrol;9.ThatlnthenarrationofMarlonRecamatainhisExtrajudicialConfessioninanswertoQuestionNo.21thatheheardfromoneJunJunBumar:
"WAGKAYOMAGALALADITAYOPABABAYAANNIATTY.SERATUBIAS"
ispurelyhearsaytheimportofwhichisnotofhisownknowledge.Nevertheless,IherebycategoricallydenytheallegedstatementbecauseIdonotknowanyoneofthem.ThesaidstatementisadeclarationbyRespondentRecamataagainsthisowninterestanddoesnotinanywaybindormakemeliable;10.However,thecomplicityangleinthequotedstatementintheprecedingparagraphno.9ofthisCounter-AffidavitisclearlybeliedanddisprovedinthesameanswertoQuestionNo.21oftheaforemen-tionedExtrajudicialConfessionbythestatementatt-ributedtorespondentDennisAranasquotedhereunder
"Tolbantayanmongmabutikungpositivenadiyannaangsasakyanbirahinmona,
"BASTAPAGKAPUTOKSABAYTAKBOA'J!IHAGIS'MOANGGAMIT";
11.Thattheapparentpurposeoftheprecedingquotedstatementisnootherthantoimplicatemeandpinmedowntothecommissionofthecrime;12.ThatthisisbolsteredinanswertoQuestion25ofthesameExtrajudicialConfession,towit:
 
s.
DahiliyonngapoangusapannaminnilaDennisnaitaponkonalangangbarilhabangakoaypatakasna."
13.TheclearimportofRecaroata'sstatementdoesnotinanymannerrelatetomeashisco-conspirator.Ifatall,theevidenceismerelycircumstantialwhichisnotthe"circumstantialevidence"requiredbylaworjurisprudenceaswouldmakemecriminallyliable;14.Thatunderthecircumstances,theconspiracytheorytoimplymyparticipation,isclearlynegatedanddisproved.WhatclearlyappearsisagranddesigntosetmeupinthecrimeofwhichIhadneitherpriorknowledgenorparticipation.Therefore,Iammoreofavictimratherthanapartytothecrime;15.ToshowandprovethatPercivalLeciasisper-sonallyknowntomeforsometimebecausehewasacame-raman/photographeroftheprovincewhe~IwastheProvincialAdministratorofPalawan,isacopyofhisSwornAffidavitheretoattacheda,s
Annex"";
16.Ifatall,thetransferofownershipandpos-sessionofthegunfrommetoPercivalLeciasonJa-nuary15,2011mayshowanabsenceofextraordinaryduediligencebutcertainlydoesnotgiverisetoanycri-minalliability;17.IhavebeenamemberoftheBarsince1990andhaveworkedintheProvincialGovernmentofPalawansince1992untilIresignedfrommypositionastheProvincialAdministratoroftheProvincialGovernmentofPalawantorunasMayoroftheMunicipalityofSanVicente,PalawanduringtheMay2011electionsagainstamemberofarichandpowerfulfamilyinPalawan.ThesubsequentradiobroadcastsinthedaysfollowingJa-nuary24,2011wouldclearlyshowadesigntomakemeresponsibleforthecrimewhenintruthandinfact,thegunpurportedlyusedinthecrimewasnolongerinmypossessionandcontrolatthetimeoftheincident;18.NothingintheevidenceoftheComplainantshowthatthegunpurportedlyusedinkillingDr.GerardoOrtegaisthesamegunpurchasedfrommebyPercival

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