Murder charges were filed yesterday afternoon, July 28 against 10 suspects (7 named, 3 not yet) in the shooting to death of Negros Occidental Provincial Board Member Renato Malabor and his bodyguard, Leody “Butch” Jumilla in Isabela, Negros Occ. last June 28, 2015. One of the suspects was nabbed in a drug bust admitted participation to the murder. Four of the witnesses include a 12-year-old child.
The arrest of the suspects came exactly 30 days after the shooting.
An initial bounty of P2 Million from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental was offered to whoever can give information leading to the arrest of the suspects. This offer was increased to P2.5 Million to further hasten search for the killers.
BM Malabor and Jumilla were shot by a lone gunman while both were leaving the cockpit in Barangay Guintubhan in Isabela town, early morning of June 28 at about 1:00.
Senior Supt. Samuel Nacion, acting provincial director said that BM Malabor (5th District) and Jumilla were on their way to the former’s service vehicle, a Toyota Hi Lux when both were shot from behind.
Nacion said Jumilla, 40 years old and bodyguard of Malabor for 15 years died on the spot from two gunshot wounds in the back while Malabor, 55 succumbed to a lone gunshot wound also in the back while being treated at the Bacolod Adventist Medical Center.