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Congressman, Two Mayors Charged With Murdering Another Congressman

March 16, 1995

MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ Police filed murder charges Thursday against a congressman, two town mayors and seven others for last month’s killing of a rival member of the Philippine House of Representatives.

Tito Espinosa was shot to death Feb. 28 while his car was stopped at a red light in suburban Quezon City.

National police filed the charges with the Justice Department, and a prosecutor must now review the evidence and decide whether to request arrest warrants.

The alleged triggerman, Blas Rosario, accused legislator Antonio Kho of Masbate, Mayor Nestor Lim of the town of Uson and Mayor Rogelio Soriano of Urbiztondo of involvement in the murder, national police chief Recaredo Sarmiento said.

The Khos and Lims have been fighting the Espinosa clan for control of the island province of Masbate, about 210 miles southeast of Manila.

Espinosa’s brother, legislator Moises Espinosa, was killed in 1989 in an ambush in Masbate.

A former Masbate town mayor, Susana Lim, along with bodyguards for Kho and Soriano and three other men, were also charged.

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