Vice mayor's brother tagged in engineer's slay

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 15 2012 10:01 PM | Updated as of Nov 16 2012 06:01 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The brother of the vice mayor of Carranglan, Nueva Ecija has been tagged as the suspect behind the killing of a businessman in Barangay Joson on Sunday.

Initial investigation showed that Engineer Alexander Mejia, 67, was surveying a land in Sitio Pulo with two others on Sunday afternoon when Erwin Alfonso, brother of Vice Mayor Efren Alfonso Jr., allegedly shot Mejia.

The victim’s sister, Chona Mejia-Lopez, said land dispute could have been the motive for the killing.

She claimed that Alfonso stole her brother's land.

Police said the case is now being investigated by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

Lopez has also asked the police to ensure the safety of the two witnesses while the suspect still remains at large.

Vice Mayor Alfonso, meanwhile, declined to give any comment on the allegations against his brother. -- Report from John Germono, ABS-CBN News North Central Luzon