Police on Saturday declared the killing of Batangas assistant provincial prosecutor Alexander Sandoval “solved” as it charged a mayoralty candidate, her husband, and four other persons for crime.

Murder charges were filed against mayoralty candidate Ana Marie Mendoza of Sta. Teresita town and her husband, incumbent Brgy. Calayaan chairman Hermogenes Mendoza, on Saturday, Batangas provincial police spokesman Senior Insp. Joel Laraya said.

Also charged for murder were Jayson Espejo, Richard Briones, a certain “Toks,” and two John Does, Laraya said in a statement.

Earlier, investigators found that Mrs. Mendoza owns the white Toyota Corolla (TDD-852) which Sandoval’s motorcycle-riding assailants used as “back-up” during the killing, Laraya said.

Espejo was arrested in a police chase in Brgy. Buli, Taal, on Thursday, shortly after Sandoval was gunned down in San Luis.

“The suspect’s (Espejo) confession implicated Brgy. chairman Hermogenes Mendoza, one alias “Toks,” and two John Does,” Laraya said.

The chase in Taal also resulted in the recovery of the black Honda Wave motorcycle which Sandoval’s assailants rode.

The motorcycle, despite having only a “for registration” plate, was traced through the Land Transportation Office as being owned by Briones, Laraya said.

On Friday, police arrested Mrs. Mendoza after a police raid on her and her husband’s three homes in Brgys. Calayaan and Bihis yielded an M16 rifle, caliber-.9mm pistol, caliber-.30 Carbine rifle, caliber-.22 pistol, and two caliber-.45 pistols.

The raiding team also seized a 1994 model Mitsubishi Pajero (TSG-872) which, according to Espejo, was used during their “surveillance,” Laraya said. (John Roson)

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