A WOMAN accused of ordering her husband's assassination at South Villa Heights, Catalunan Grande, Davao City in 2012 is facing charges before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 10 along with four suspected guns-for-hire.
Facing parricide charges is Lucy Fe Bendanillo Concepcion, while charged with murder were William Carbajal, Allan Maldo, Jesus Ando and Simplicio Ando.
The four were charged for allegedly conspiring with each other in the assassination of Lucy's husband, Ferdinand Concepcion, a real estate broker, at his residence on October 31, 2012.
Prosecutor Faizal Padate found probable cause to charge the four based on the complaint filed by the victim's brother Frederick and the sworn statement of Simplicio who admitted to committing the crime.
Padate stated in his resolution dated November 20, 2013 that after the suspects gunned down the victim, they took a .45 caliber pistol with serial number 962465, a Nokia mobile phone and a brown wallet.
The firearm was then traced to a certain Jimmy Presga, who surrendered the stolen pistol to the police and claimed that Carbajal sold it to him for P25,000.
The other suspects were figured when Frederick coordinated with the Talomo police and some of his friends in tracking down Simplicio who surrendered to the police and told them that he and his uncle Jesus played as the middlemen in the transaction while the triggermen were Carbajal and Maldo.
Simplicio, in his sworn statement, said that early in 2012, Jesus told him that Lucy shared her problems with her husband and the only solution she could find was to kill him.
Jesus told Simplicio to find a gun-for-hire to do the job, wherein he suggested that they should contact Carbajal. Jesus and Simplicio then arranged the transaction between the triggermen and Lucy. Simplicio bared that Lucy was willing to pay P50,000 for the assassination of her husband.
He also told the police that prior to the assassination, the triggermen already plotted to kill Ferdinand on February 16, 2012 but the plan was foiled after the firearm of the Carbajal and Maldo malfunctioned when they were about to shoot the victim.
It was then on October 31 of the same year that the hit happened. Simplicio admitted that he was the driver of the getaway vehicle that the triggermen used after the incident.
While they were fleeing from the crime scene, Simplicio said that Carbajal told him that the job was done. Carbajal also told him that they had no difficult time doing the job as Lucy allegedly opened the gate at the back of their house where they could come in undetected.
A day after the incident, Simplicio said the triggermen claimed the P50,000 while he was given P6,000 for his part.
Lucy, meanwhile, denied all allegations against her, claiming that this was just a ploy of Frederick so that he will get his brother's inheritance.
But Padate said, "Lucy's denial, although corroborated by her witnesses, could not prevail over the positive declaration of respondent Simplicio Ando. In our present jurisprudence, positive identification prevails over denial."
But while Padate has affirmed the charges against the respondents, RTC Branch 10 presiding judge Retrina Fuentes is yet to order a warrant of arrest against the suspects.