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Truth will prevail,
Rep. Alvarez says

BY GILBERT BAYORAN

The truth will soon prevail.

This was what Rep. Mercedes Alvarez Saturday said, with her father, Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez, scheduled to appear today at the Department of Justice in Manila, to personally subscribe his counter-affidavit, in connection with the murder of Kabankalan Regional Trial Court Judge Henry Arles.

“We are confident to come out strong from this, since the truth is on our side,” Rep. Alvarez, who marked her 30th birthday Oct. 20 with her family and friends, at their residence in Bacolod City, said.

Judge Arles was gunned down on April 24, while he was driving home in Ilog town.

Others summoned to appear before the DOJ to subscribe their counter affidavits along with Alvarez are Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade members Nelson Rustom Puro, Alejandro Capunong, Marvin Salve and Gerald Tabujara, and Ilog government employee Emmanuel Medez, said lawyer Frank Britanico, a brother-in-law of the murdered judge.

Rep. Alvarez admitted that they were hurt by what she calls “lies and accusations” against their family. “We are hoping that in the end, truth will prevail,” she said.

Philip Arles, son of the slain judge, is challenging Rep. Alvarez in the 6th district congressional race, for the second time. He was defeated by Alvarez in the 2010 congressional election.

Rep. Alvarez said she welcomes the decision of Arles to challenge her again. “It may be good for the district, at least, there will be a choice for the people”, she added.

We will see in the second time around, who comes out successfully, she said. Besides, she added, it’s the people’s choice anyway.*GPB

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