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Cleared of murder charges, Pangasinan solon says he lost his trust in NBI

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Pangasinan 1st District Rep. Jesus Celeste said he has lost his trust in the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for implicating him in the 2012 killing of Infanta Mayor Ruperto Martinez.

Celeste, together with Gov. Amado Espino, has recently been cleared by the Department of Justice of any involvement in the killing for lack of probable cause.

The lawmaker said the case filed against him, “based on a concoction of lies by a teenager” caused him anguish and damage to his integrity when he and the governor were tagged as the mastermind behind the killing of the mayor.

“They (NBI and those behind the filing of the criminal complaint) must not do that because truth will ultimately come out and it hurts when it destroys the image of an innocent person (like me),” he said.

He said because of what happened, “I lost my trust in them (NBI)”.

The NBI had presented its lone witness, Jestin Aquino, 16, who allegedly overheard a conversation during a meeting held in El Pescador Resort in Bolinao town about how the respondents allegedly plotted the killing of Martinez.

Celeste said the NBI investigation was “weak’.

“They did a poor probe but we do not know if that was manipulated (by some powerful people) and they might have sacrificed their principles for politics,” he said.

“The worst they did was to make the President and the DOJ believe their accusations. They fooled them,” he said.

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