The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) did not find the testimony of a man who was allegedly recruited to kill Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo credible, Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla said Thursday.
“Their impression is there’s nothing to it. No credibility whatsoever,” Remulla said in an ambush interview.
Marlon Quibod turned up at the NBI on Wednesday evening to submit his sworn statement, where he stated that an alias “Brownie” who was a certain “Mayor Fritz” was the one who hired him.
Remulla expressed belief that the camp of suspended Negros Oriental Representative Arnolfo “Arnie” Teves Jr., one of the alleged masterminds in the killing of Degamo, is behind Quibod to muddle the situation.
“People in their camp. It’s from the Teves camp,” he said.
“They’re the ones who have something to gain by muddling the situation,” the Justice secretary added.
GMA News Online sought comment from the camp of Teves but has yet to receive a reply as of posting time.
According to the Justice secretary, the lawyers with Quibod also did not swear by his story and also refused to introduce themselves properly.
“Hindi nila kayang panindigan. Kasi ang tanong mo d'yan, will you stake your reputation on what you are representing to us,” he said.
“And they don’t seem to want to be committed to uphold the information thoroughly. Hindi sila committed,” he added.
On March 4, Degamo and eight others were killed while several others were injured after an attack on the late governor’s home in Negros Oriental. The death toll due to the incident climbed to 10 on Sunday.
Remulla reiterated that the murder complaints against Teves for the alleged killing of Degamo may be filed by Friday or Monday.
Teves, who has yet to return to the Philippines, has denied involvement in the assassination.—AOL, GMA Integrated News