TWO officials of a security firm will face trial in court for deliberately excluding murder suspect Jonathan Sanchez as one of their employees following the shooting to death of two lawyers in 2016.

Prosecutor Ma. Liza Jorda found evidence to charge Bella Asuncion Gillamac, general manager of Invincible Armada Security Agency, and Jowel Paner, the agency’s operations manager, with violation of Republic Act 5487, or the Act Governing the Organization and Management of Private Security Agencies, Company Guard Forces, and Government Security Forces.

“They (respondents) intentionally did not put the name of Sanchez, the suspect in the murder case, as an employee of the agency,” read Jorda’s resolution.

Sanchez stands trial for murder for shooting to death lawyer Goering George “Jing” Paderanga Sr. and his son, Gerik Ceasar, last Dec. 22, 2016.

In the complaint, lawyer Sarah Eufrosino Paderanga, wife of Gerik Caesar, accused the respondents of submitting untruthful and inaccurate notarized monthly disposition report for October 2016 to the police’s Firearms and Explosives Security Group Section (Fesags).

Sarah said the respondents excluded Sanchez’s name as their employee.

Replying to the charges, the respondents denied making untruthful statements in their monthly disposition report.

They argued that the complaint was baseless since nothing in the report showed the signature of Gillamac.

Prosecutor Jorda, however, said that the respondents are required to submit a truthful and accurate report to Fesags.

“The newspaper reports that came out and the interview of Paner clearly disputes respondents’ claim that Jonathan Sanchez was not employed by the agency as security guard,” the resolution reads.

Sanchez, 35, is detained at the Cebu City Jail while he is being tried for shooting to death the father-and-son lawyers outside their law office on F. Ramos St., Cebu City last Dec. 22, 2016.

The victims family believes that Sanchez shot the father and son without any altercation, indicating that the guard’s act was carried out to “specifically target” the two. (GMD)