TACLOBAN CITY – A lawyer was found guilty of murder he committed three years ago. Atty. Aquilino Mejica was sentenced to life imprisonment or reclusion perpetua without parole by Judge Alphinor Serrano of the Regional Trial Court – Branch 6. Mejica attended the promulgation without a lawyer and was ordered by the court to pay P500,000 as civil, moral, exemplary damages to the family of the victim.
Mejica was the prime suspect in the murder of Moscare inside his office at the Leyte Normal University (LNU) campus on June 6, 2016. “Wherefore, in view of all the foregoing considerations, judgment is hereby rendered finding the accused Atty. Aquilino Mejica guilty beyond reasonable doubt of the crime of murder penalized under article 248 of the revised penal code, and this court hereby sentenced the said accused of to suffer the penalty of imprisonment of reclusion perpetua without eligibility to parole,” part of the report of the local daily, Leyte-Samar Daily Express.
Mejica shot Moscare using a 45 caliber pistol inside his office on the second floor of LNU’s library. Moscare was working as a member technical working group handling different projects of LNU together with the wife of Mejica. Based on the reports, jealousy was the motive of the murder.