PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur—Precisely two years after the incident, the alleged brains within the ambush of retired Military Col. Samuel Afdal, former president of Philsaga Mining Corp., has been recognized and now going through expenses.
Afdal’s widow, Evelyn, filed a complaint-affidavit earlier than the Provincial Prosecutor’s Workplace right here on Thursday afternoon towards a sure Ryan Mark Baylon for allegedly masterminding the ambush of his husband two years in the past in Barangay Santa Cruz, Rosario city, Agusan del Sur.
Evelyn stated Baylon was a enterprise affiliate of his husband, who was a using buddy of former President Rodrigo Duterte, each being members of the On Any Sunday Riders Membership of Davao Metropolis.
“I’m relieved now. I can’t specific my feelings any additional; in any other case, I’ll break down,” Afdal’s widow stated, proper after popping out of the workplace of provincial prosecutor Ceferino Dino Paredes.
Evelyn’s criticism largely stems from current revelations by alleged gunman Jeffrey Mamerto, a former New Folks’s Military guerrilla who’s now detained on the provincial jail.
Paredes revealed that Mamerto confessed to him that Baylon was supposedly behind the killing.
Within the seven-page criticism, Evelyn cited how Mamerto additionally implicated two different alleged co-conspirators within the homicide, particularly, Rosalino B. Degracia (alias “Okie”) and Alemar Awado (alias “Dongkoy”). He claimed that Baylon had induced them to ambush Afdal in change for monetary compensation.
Afdal, recognized to associates as SAGA, was ambushed whereas he was driving alone on his Jimmy automotive uphill to an space the place he had a mining prospect. Regardless of being wounded, the sufferer managed to drive his automotive from the ambush web site to the compound of Rosario Manobo Mining Corp. (RMMC) to hunt medical help. From there, he was rushed to a hospital for speedy therapy.
In a sizzling pursuit operation, Rosario police took maintain of Mamerto for questioning days later, solely to seek out out he additionally was needed for one more crime.
Mamerto was ultimately charged earlier than the Regional Trial Court docket Department 6 in Prosperidad city, nearly one yr after Afdal succumbed to his accidents whereas being handled in a hospital.
The Inquirer discovered that Baylon is an govt of RMMC therefore requested the corporate to achieve out to him so he can air his facet.
Along with his current confession, Paredes stated that Mamerto might probably develop into a state witness, relying on his willingness to cooperate with the prosecution. Nonetheless, Paredes emphasised that cooperating as a state witness entails sure parameters.
Mamerto was scheduled to face a pre-trial convention on Nov. 15, precisely two years after Afdal handed away.
Evelyn’s lawyer, Rommel Fontanilla, asserted that even along with his current confession, the case towards Mamerto can proceed independently with that of Baylon who’s to bear preliminary investigation to find out possible trigger to indict him for the crime.