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REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES } CITY OF ILOILO } s.s.

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COUNTER-AFFIDAVIT
I, JOSE REX T. CORDERO, of legal age, Filipino, married and temporarily residing at Brgy. Ingore, Lapaz, Iloilo City, Philippines, after having been duly sworn to in accordance with law, do hereby depose and state: 1. That I am the respondent in the case for Violation of RA 9262, otherwise known as Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children, pending before the Office of the City Prosecutor docketed as NPS No. VI-10-INV-11A-00066; That I deny the allegations contained in the complaint impugning me of having sexual infidelity and harassing the complainant in violation of RA No. 9262. The truth of the matter being as follows:
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a. That we are the Complainants in the case for Frustrated Murder with the Use of an Unlicensed Firearm pending before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor, Province of Iloilo, with I.S. No.s. VI-11-INQ-00484 to 00484-A;
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That on October 12, 2010, respondent Ronnie Castaos filed his CounterAffidavit interposing in his defense a pure alibi by alleging that on the night of September 24, 2010, he was at his house, about 300 meters away from the scene of the incident, having dinner with Brgy. Tanod Ryan [Dosarab];
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5. That on the scheduled date for submission of the Respondents CounterAffidavit, only Ronnie Castaos filed while the other two respondents failed; That it must be taken into full consideration the long-line of cases decided by the Supreme Court that alibi is the weakest defense as ruled in the cases of Sumbillo vs. People of the Philippines, GR No. 167464, Jan. 21, 2010; People of the Philippines vs. De Jesus, GR No. 93852, Jan. 24, 1992 and People of the Philippines vs. Quinevista, GR No. 110808, May 31, 1995, just to name a few;
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7. That to note, the house of respondent Ronnie Castaos is only 300 meters away from the scene of the incident that would not render it improbable for him to be in the place at the time of the commission of the crime; That it is as well very dubious that respondent Castaos would use as a witness a Brgy. Tanod of the said Barangay to underline upon the Investigating Prosecuting Attorney the weight of his statements;
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That the statement of the witness, Brgy. Tanod Ryan [Dosarab], is bereft of any merit. In the Affidavit1 executed by Ryan Dosarab, he mentioned in paragraph 2 thereof that when he finally reached the place (house of Ricardo Cejar), he saw Ricardo Cejar walking outside of their house and Rowen Paniza who was carrying a bolo. This is very improbable since Ricardo Cejar has been shot hitting his left abdomen with retained intact slug as shown in the Medico-Legal Certificate attached in the Complaint. Thus, it is a fallacy to state that after that incident Ricardo Cejar is just there walking outside of his house;
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That further, in the same Affidavit of witness Ryan [Dosarab], he mentioned in paragraph 3 thereof that when he arrived at the scene of the crime, he saw none of the three accused at that certain point of time and place. Granting that it is true, the accused were nowhere to be found because they immediately escaped from the scene
10. Affidavit attached to the Counter-Affidavit of Respondent Ronnie Castaos dated October 12, 2010.
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after that shooting incident as well explained in the Complaint and that witness Ryan Dosarab only arrived later and was not on the place when the shooting happened as stated in his Affidavit; That also the Affidavit2 executed by Wilfredo Lastrilla is fictitious, fictional and questionable. The truth of the matter is that Wilfredo Lastrilla was never on the place when the incident happened. It is quite obvious that the Affidavit executed by Ryan [Dosarab] is devised to excuse the three Respondents herein and that of Wilfredo Lastrilla to impute who the perpetrator instead;
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That nowhere in the Counter-Affidavit filed attached a Medical Certificate to attest to the supposedly devastating effects of the mauling allegedly caused by herein Complainant and Rowen Paniza against Levy Castillanes. Thus, the allegations as to this effect are mere fabricated;
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That non-inclusion of Respondent Ronnie Castaos in the Police Blotter Extract cannot alone absolve him of the crime charged as Police Blotters are mere entries of booking/recording of incidents relayed to the investigating police officer who responded to the area. That to take note, police officers only investigated after the incident and were never in the place when the incident happened. Further, nowhere could be found in the Police Blotter Extract the person/s who relayed the information to them. Thus, the Police Blotter Extract is not a conclusive evidence to prove as to who the real perpetrators are that will absolve Respondent Ronnie Castaos or any of the respondents herein;
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14. That finally, we are the victims of a crime committed and not the perpetrators. We suffered injury that in absence of any medical attention could be proved fatal; As such, we are executing this Reply-Affidavit to attest to the truth of the foregoing statements and to pray upon the Investigating Prosecuting Attorney to resolve the case against the herein Respondents for the crime of Frustrated Murder with the Use of an Unlicensed Firearm and/or any criminal case that may be filed as the evidence warrants.
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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I hereunto affix my hand this ___ day of _______, ___ in the City of Iloilo, Philippines. JOSE REX T. CORDERO Affiant SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this ___ day of ____, __ in the City of Iloilo, Philippines. Affiant exhibited to me his identification indicated below his name as his competent proof of identity. I further certify that affiant attests to the truth of the foregoing facts based on his own personal knowledge and I am satisfied that he voluntarily executed and understood his Affidavit.

Affidavit attached to the Counter-Affidavit 0f Respondent Ronnie Castaos dated October 12, 2010.
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