Monday, April 7, 2014

Charges in Jessa Rose Bigayan case to be filed today—Bongat

NAGA CITY—Mayor John Bongat of the City of Naga assured the family, friends, and sympathizers of Jessa Rose Bigayan over the weekend that the appropriate charges will be filed today against the perpetrator of the crime.

Mayor John Bongat joins the call for justice for Jessa Rose Bigayan
Photo from Mayor Bongat's FB account
Here is his full statement on the matter:
On behalf of the City Government of Naga, I, in my personal capacity and in my official capacity as Mayor, sincerely express our deepest sorrow and condolences to the family of the late Jessa Rose Bigayan of Calauag, Naga City and Nabua, Camarines Sur.
On the night of March 30, 2014, while on her way home to Calauag, Jessa’s body was found with serious injuries. She died in the hospital three days later.
We condemn this brutal and senseless assault on an innocent, young woman, whose life was unnecessarily wasted.
We wish to assure everyone, especially Jessa’s family, whom I immediately visited upon arrival this morning in Naga from Singapore via Manila, that the City Government of Naga and the national government agency leading the investigation, the Naga City Police Office, with the help of our concerned local agency, the Public Safety Office, are doing everything to solve the case at the quickest time possible so that justice may be given to the victim and her bereaved family.
While in Singapore on Official Business at the time of the incident, I consistently and continuously monitored the progress of the case. Since day one and while I was away, I have been coordinating regularly with Vice Mayor Nelson Legacion, the Acting Mayor in my absence, also with PSO Executive Officer Lito Del Rosario and the police, as well as with City Administrator Jun Mongoso.
I gave specific instructions to them to expedite the ongoing investigation and provide all assistance possible and within our means to the grieving family. I instructed them to refrain from making any irresponsible public pronouncements regarding the case until my arrival in Naga today, to avert any confusion as to the progress of the case and in deference to the members of Jessa’s family who, understandably, are still in a state of shock and disbelief.
All their efforts yielded positive results and the long wait is over. A suspect has been identified and pinpointed.
Upon my arrival in Naga, I personally went to the scene of the crime together with Jessa’s elder brother, Jonas, Mr. Lito Del Rosario and the investigators on case (SPO1 Rodell Llamado and PO3 Victor Bino) and accompanied them to Prosecutor Obette Francia before whom the sworn criminal complaint for homicide and supporting statements were subscribed, after discussing the evidence gathered and the merits of the case, as shown in the posted photos below.
From the scene of the crime, I also went to see Jessa’s mother, tia Rosybel Salvino Bigayan, at Jessa’s wake to personally console her and convey my condolences and assure her and her family of the city's assistance and that the investigating team has judiciously collated evidence to build up an airtight case against the suspect. More witnesses have come forward to help in the speedy resolution of the case.
Rest assured that appropriate charges will be filed first thing in the morning on Monday, April 7th.
The city government and the police will not take a minute of rest until justice is done to Jessa’s senseless death.
As we in the City Government and the people of Naga condemn it in the highest terms, we will not stop until we find justice for Jessa, with your support.
We offer our prayers for the eternal repose of Jessa’s soul. We join you in crying “justice for Jessa!”
JOHN G. BONGAT 
Earlier, a group of around 13,321 sympathizers with ties in Nabua, Camarines Sur urged the local government, the Naga City Police Office, the management of SM Naga, and other concerned citizens, to take immediate action on the issue.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Justice for Jessa Rose Bigayan movement
Justice for Jessa Rose Bigayan movement
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