Ambush kills Zamboanga del Norte town vice mayor, 2 others

UNTV News   •   January 11, 2020   •   1537

The bullet-riddled SUV the victims were shot in | Courtesy: PRO9

The vice-mayor of Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte and his three companions were ambushed on Saturday (January 11) at around 11:30 a.m.

Initial report from Police Regional Office 9 says, Vice-Mayor Gani Esmali and the three other victims were onboard a gray SUV heading towards Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte when an undetermined number of suspects fired at them.

The perpetrators immediately left the scene onboard a white van with unknown plate number heading towards the municipality of Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte.

Two of the victims died on the spot while Vice Mayor Esmali was declared dead upon arrival at the Siocon Distrcit Hospital. The fourth victim is currently undergoing medical treatment.

The Siocon Police is in hot pursuit of the gunmen while neighboring municipal police stations promptly launched a dragnet operation against the fleeing suspects.

Ex-Congressman Andaya survives ambush try in Camarines Sur

Robie de Guzman   •   June 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Unidentified gunmen attacked former Camarines Sur Representative Rolando Andaya Jr. while on board his vehicle in Pili town on Tuesday, local police said.

In a statement, the Police Regional Office 5 (PRO5) said the incident occurred around 5:45 a.m. along Maharlika Highway in Barangay Palestina.

Initial investigation showed the suspects on board a motorcycle shot at Andaya’s vehicle before fleeing the scene. Two fired cartridges of caliber .45 were recovered from the area.

The former lawmaker was unhurt in the incident, police said.

PRO5 chief Police Brigadier General Jonnel Estomo said he has ordered an investigation into the shooting incident.

A special provincial investigation team was also created to help identify the suspects.

Estomo said additional police units were deployed in the area to monitor and prevent similar incidents.

“Tayo po ang nagdeploy na ng karagdagan pulis sa lugar upang alisin ang pangamba sa ating mga kababayan na naroon,” Estomo said.

“Makakaasa po kayo na kami ay makikipagtulungan sa mga witnesses at mga local government official ng Camarines Sur upang mapabilis na pagtukoy at pagresolba sa insidenteng ito,” he added.

NBI recommends raps vs former and incumbent mayor of Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has recommended filing charges against the former and incumbent mayor of municipality of Siayan, Zamboanga Del Norte.

In a report, the NBI said they recommended to the Ombudsman the filing of graft charges against former mayor Flora Lagrina Villarosa, incumbent mayor Atty. Josecor Gepolongca and two municipal employees Ana Marco and Jennifer Pumicpic, who conspired with each other in committing illegal acts.

NBI Officer-in-Charge (OIC)-Director Eric B. Distor said the recommendation was arrived at after months of exhaustive investigation conducted by the NBI-Anti Graft Division (NBI-AGD).

He reported that the agency received an anonymous letter of request for investigation after Mayor Villarosa acquired numerous businesses, real estate properties, vehicles and money which were manifestly disproportionate to her salary.

A complaint was also received from Marco who alleged in her affidavit that she and former Mayor Villarosa used to be friends and because of this, she agreed to Villarosa to use her name as dummy to the former Mayor’s businesses.

“She  agreed to Villarosa to use her name as dummy to the former Mayor’s businesses identified as Midway Gas Station and Midway Express located in Saiyan,” the NBI said.

The said businesses had a total transaction of 190 projects amounting to over P32 million with the Municipality of Saiyan during the term of the former mayor.

Meanwhile, incumbent mayor, Gepolongca issued two memoranda on February and July 2019 prohibiting all employees of the municipal government of Siayan from processing the request for public documents by various agencies including the NBI whom at that time was investigating the matter regarding the anomalous transactions of the municipality.

After collecting enough evidence, former mayor Villarosa was charged for violation of “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act” and “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials”. Villarosa was also charged for perjury and falsification of public documents.

The two employees, Marco and Pumicpic were charged for violation of “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act” and falsification of public documents.

Likewise, incumbent mayor Atty. Gepolongca was recommended to be charged for obstruction of justice. AAC





Task group formed to probe shootout that killed Calbayog mayor

Robie de Guzman   •   March 9, 2021

A special task group has been created to investigate the shooting incident that led to the death of Calbayog City Mayor Ronaldo Aquino and his aides in Samar Province on Monday.

The police Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) Aquino will hold its first conference on Tuesday to discuss the case.

Police Regional Office 8 said its investigators are currently gathering more details and testimonies from witnesses and policemen involved in the shooting incident.

Initial investigation showed that Mayor Aquino and his aides were killed after a gunfight with armed men riding another vehicle on Monday afternoon in Barangay Lonoy, Tinambacan District in Calbayog.

The mayor and his aides were aboard their vehicle going to the northern part of Calbayog City when they thought they were being followed by another vehicle.

One of Aquino’s security details allegedly fired at the other vehicle and its passengers retaliated.

The passengers of the other vehicle turned out to be members of the Philippine National Police Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG).

Aquino, his driver and a security escort were killed in the incident while another aide was rushed to a hospital.

A police officer was also killed while another was injured. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Syrix Remanes)


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