Police authorities in Negros Occidental are still trying to establish the identify of suspects who shot dead a policeman while on board his motorcycle 2PM Saturday along the highway in Brgy. Palampas, San Carlos City.
SPO1 Agustilo Hulleza Jr., a member of the Toboso Police Station was shot by motorcycle-riding suspects.
He was in the back and the bullet went through his chest.
Cops are not discounting the angle it was related to the victim’s work as an intelligence officer.
Hulleza was pronounced dead by attending physician at San Carlos City Doctor’s Hospital.
The damage of super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ to crops, fisheries, and livestock have reached more than P100.4 million as of 3 p.m. yesterday, according to the latest partial report of the Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol.
Damage to palay and corn is P84,556,222; fisheries—P14,624,565; and high-value commercial crops—P1,350,643, according to provincial agriculturist Igmedio Tabianan.
Damage to livestock and poultry is PP45,748,266, according to provincial veterinarian Renante Decena.
Election offense charges will be filed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against violators, both candidates and non-candidates alike, in Negros Occidental, provincial elections supervisor Jessie Suarez said yesterday.
But while Suarez admitted that vote-buying, which is among the serious election offenses, is massive and rampant, it is also one of the hardest to prove.
"Definitely, there is vote-buying but it’s hard to prove because of a good defense," he lamented.
By DANNY B. DANGCALAN & RITZY ROBLES MALO-OY
Four persons were killed in separate shooting incidents in Negros Occidental yesterday and Sunday, which were believed to be election-related.
An hour before the voting precincts opened yesterday, two men were gunned down in Sitio Kinalumsan in Barangay Poblacion in Toboso town.
The victims were identified as Juan Leonardo Belleza, who died on the spot from multiple gunshot wounds on his head and body, and Bryan Bacordo, who died minutes later at a hospital, according to Supt. Roderick Alba of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) in a media interview.
The bodies of the victims were riddled with bullets from various firearms. They were reportedly waylaid by the armed men while on board a motorcycle, Alba said quoting Toboso police chief Insp. Danilo Zuniega.
The President of the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) of Toboso town said that Rep. Jules Ledesma (1st District, Neg. Occ.) has not neglected his constituents contrary to the accusations made by Toboso mayor Raul Jaojoco and Negros Occidental governor Alfredo Maranon Jr.,
Maria Luisa de la Cruz, ABC president decried what she claimed are unfair accusations being levied against Ledesma who is on his third term as congressional representative of the 1st District which comprises the localities of Toboso, Calatrava, Escalante City, San Carlos City and Salvador Benedicto.
De la Cruz said, for one, Ledesma has helped thousands of youth in Toboso town finish their college education.
The National Electrification Administration (NEA) has approved the release of funds for the electrification of 38 sitios in the first district.
Edita S. Bueno, NEA administrator in a letter to Rep. Julio Ledesma said that the release of the 2013 subsidy fund is part of the government’s program for "inclusive growth and poverty reduction."
The fund amounting to more than P60 million was released through the VMC Rural Electric Service Cooperative Inc., (VRESCO) on September 9 this year, Bueno said.
"We have advised VRESCO management to ensure timely completion of the projects," she said.
Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. and Toboso Mayor Richard Jaojoco yesterday took turns in downplaying the diversionary statements of the lawyer of First District Rep. Julio Ledesma IV, who is widely-criticized for his absence in Congress, non-appearance in his district and non-delivery of projects to his constituents.
"The provincial government has served the people of the First District well. The presence of our personnel in remote areas and our initiatives to help the marginal folk, farmers, fishermen and hinterland residents, in synergy with the Philippine Army and other government agencies, have been sustained to address poverty and insurgency in the district," Marañon said.
Our help to the people there is not anchored on the number of our votes or how big our margin was. The elections are over and it is not our problem if some people cannot move on and get on with a genuine development program for their constituencies, he pointed out.
Sitio Vergara, Brgy. Bug-ang, Toboso, Negros Occidental —— "There will be no progress, if there is no peace," stressed Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. at the ‘Working with the People, Serving the Countryside’ activity under the ‘Winning the Peace’ program of the Provincial Peace Integration and Development Unit (Pro-PIDU) where the provincial government together with the Philippine Army through the 303rd Infantry Brigade, Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPPO) and other non-government organizations distributed basic commodities and other social services to the people in Sitio Vergara, Barangay Bug-ang in this town.
The provincial chief executive emphasized that this is not the time for Filipinos to fight against each other because the real battle lies in the fight against poverty as he urged the people to cooperate with the programs of the government in order to improve the countryside and promote sustainable peace.
Two suspected New People’s Army (NPA) guerillas were reportedly killed, while six other rebels were allegedly wounded in three encounters in Toboso and Sagay City last Saturday and Sunday.
This was disclosed yesterday by Major Ray Tiongson, head of the Public Affairs Division of the 3rd Infantry Division, who also said in a statement that they based their reports on fatalities and injured rebels from the statements of civilians who witnessed the encounter, as well as the personal accounts of government troops who saw bloodstains in the general direction of the rebels.
The encounters happened on Saturday at 4:45 a.m., a few hours after at 7:30 a.m., and on Sunday at 5:30 p.m., 1Lt Jimrhic Obias, civil-military operations officer of the 303rd Infantry Brigade, said.
Six suspected New People’s Army (NPA) guerillas were captured by Army and Police troops following three encounters in northern Negros Occidental and in Negros Oriental in a span of eight days.
SEIZED. Troops belonging to the Army’s 62nd Infantry Battalion seized numerous firearms and ammunitions following an encounter with NPA rebels in Toboso early Saturday.* (Boy Factor / Radyo Kumando 103.1 FM photo)
Arrested during Saturday’s (Sept. 14) Toboso town and Sagay City encounters were Rene Villarin and Richard Gallego, said Major Ray Tiongson, head of the Public Affairs Division of the 3rd Infantry Division.