Mayor in poorest municipality in PH sued for murder

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Government agents on Thursday lodged murder and arson charges against Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte Mayor Flora Villarosa and three other persons in connection with the death of a relative in Barangay Dinuyan in 2016.

Aside from Villarosa, the National Bureau of Investigation likewise sued self-confessed killers Ernie Lumusco and Roy Balayong.

They were charged for the death of Restituto Sasuman supposedly over a land dispute. The victim’s house was also allegedly burned down.

Villarosa previously denied any hand in the murder of Sasuma. But the gunmen allegedly identified the mayor as the one who ordered the killing.

In 2009, Siayan was named the poorest municipality based on data from the Philippine Statistics Authority.

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