MANILA - Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo is asking President Rodrigo Duterte to order a review of the evidence allegedly linking him to the murder of Ako Bicol Party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe last December.
In a statement, Baldo said he is innocent of the charges and claimed several people were destroying his name to further their own interests in Daraga.
"Habang lumalapit ang eleksyon ay dumadami ang intelligence report na nagsasabing nais akong patahimikin," he said in a press conference.
He added that he has received death threats as a result of the case.
Batocabe, 52, was planning to challenge reelectionist Baldo for the Daraga mayoralty in the midterm elections in May.
The lawmaker was distributing Christmas gifts in his hometown in Daraga, Albay on Dec. 22 when he and his police escort were gunned down by at least 6 assailants.
The Philippine National Police earlier said Baldo contracted 7 people to assassinate Batocabe for P5 million.
A suspect, Henry Yuson, corroborated the PNP's claim and said he dismantled the gun he used to kill Batocabe and threw it down a river.
Baldo's lawyer Merito Fernandez, however, said the police evidence does not match the stories given by the 6 alleged hitmen. With a report by Joyce Balancio, ABS-CBN News