CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Mabalacat City Mayor Marino Morales has finally lodged a P20-million libel suit against businesswoman Pyra Lucas, mother of the slain teenager who was gunned down along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Mabiga November last year.

Morales, accompanied by his legal counsel, filed the complaint at the Regional Trial Court Fiscal’s Office in the City of San Fernando on Thursday morning.

"I would like to assure everybody that my decision to proceed with filing this libel lawsuit against Pyra Lucas has not been a very easy thing to do," said Morales.

"While it is very difficult to deliberate if the filing of a libel charge is warranted, I take comfort knowing that all the elements of libel are present in this case," said Morales.

Lucas' 29-year-old daughter Marian Lucas Gantan of 143 Barangay Cacutud, was shot dead along the busy national road in Barangay Mabiga late last November.

The victim was driving a White Hyundai Tuczon with license plates TOH 442 towards the north when the gunmen shot her several times.

The victim reportedly sustained three gunshot wounds on different parts of her body.

The police theorized that the incident, which is still unresolved, could have been a “crime of passion.”

Lucas, who belongs to the Mabalacat Citizen's Union (MCU), has accused Morales of allegedly masterminding the death of her daughter.

Meanwhile, Morales has sympathized with the family of the victim and also urged the people not to speculate.