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Guv eyeing libel
suit vs. Tabujara

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said he has asked his lawyers to study the filing of libel charges against Cauayan Vice Mayor Jerry Tabujara for statements he made in his counter affidavit in the Judge Henry Arles murder case.

In his counter affidavit asking the Department of Justice to immediately dismiss the case filed against him, Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr. and Ilog Mayor John Paul Alvarez for the murder of the judge, Jerry Tabujara said the raps were politically motivated.

In it, Tabujara also claimed that the filing of the case was orchestrated by Philip Arles, Frank Britanico, Ferdinand Lavin of the National Bureau of Investigation-Bacolod Office, and Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr.

He also called Philip Arles “the mad dog unleashed by Gov. Alfredo Marañon to bark and bite at me, Mayor Paul Alvarez, and Vice Gov. Alvarez, for not supporting his re-election bid,” in the counter affidavit.

The governor has denied involvement in the case.

Alvarez, whom Tabujara is supporting, is running for governor in 2013 against Marañon. As of press time, Tabujara could not be reached for comment on the possible libel suit against him.

Meanwhile, Marañon said he expects more changes in political alliances before the May 2013 polls.

“I am very sure there will be changes and more supporters” joining his camp, he said.*CPG

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