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Controversial Mayor Antonio Halili shot dead during flag raising ceremony

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, July 2nd, 2018

(Left) Screenshot from the video taken by Gerry Laresma during the flag ceremony on July 2, 2018 when Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili was shot. (Right) Mayor Antonio Halili UNTV file photo

BATANGAS, Philippines – “Walk of shame” Mayor Antonio Halili was pronounced dead on arrival by an attending physician at CP Reyes Medical Center following a shooting incident during flag raising ceremony on Monday, July 2.

He was shot in the chest by an unidentified gunman, based on the information sent by Region 4A Director PCSupt. Edward Carranza.

The shooting incident was caught live on Facebook by an employee Gerry Yson Laresma.

Halili became controversial in 2016 for parading drugs suspects in public.

He was later included on the list of President Rodrigo Duterte’s narcolist and subjected to “Oplan Tokhang.”

Batangas Police said an investigation is underway while “iron curtain” was activated. – UNTV News and Rescue

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Fierce 2019 Midterm electoral fight seen in Region 4A after deaths of local execs

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Director Manuel Otis

LAGUNA, Philippines – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 4A Director Manuel Otis believes that the recent killings against local executives in the region are indications of intense political activities in the 2019 Midterm elections.

Otis is referring to the assassinations of Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili and Trece Martires Vice Mayor Alexander Lubigan.

“Tingin ko mga signs na ito na posibleng magiging mainit ang pulitika kaya siguro dapat ang PNP bantayan talaga ang community lalo pang doblehin ang effort nila at hindi lang ang PNP maging ang mga tao mismo maging vigillant na rin,” said Otis.

Likewise, Otis calls on election candidates to observe and exercise fairness and avoid insinuating violence in next year’s midterm elections.

“Ang pulitika isang magandang exercise para malaman ng tao kung sino ang nararapat na maglingkod sa kanila at yan ay dinadaan sa ganiyang eleksyon sana huwag maging marahas. Maging maayos tayo lahat,” the Director said.

The Calabarzon Police already has sent an invitation to Trece Martires Mayor Melandres De Sagun to help in the investigation on the killing of his vice mayor. Authorities earlier clarified that De Sagun is not among the persons of interest in the crime.

Meanwhile, kin of slain Mayor Halili has high hopes that police investigation will soon shed light on the murder of their patriarch. – Sherwin Culubong / Marje Pelayo

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SUVs with fake plates spotted at 3 flag raisings prior to Mayor Halili’s assassination – PNP

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, July 9th, 2018

 

Region 4A Director PCSupt. Edward Carranza

BATANGAS, Philippines – Region 4A Director PCSupt. Edward Carranza revealed that two Toyota Innova vehicles, one silver, and one yellow-gold, were spotted within the city hall premises prior to the assassination of Mayor Antonio Halili of Tanauan City.

PSSupt. Edwin Quilates, the provincial director of Batangas PNP, said the vehicles were seen during three consecutive flag raising ceremonies on June 18, 25 and July 2, citing accounts from the guard of the nearby Loyola Dell Garden Memorial Park.

“As per verification doon sa resource person natin sa Loyola, hindi nakunan ang pagpasok kasi iyong CCTV nila, minsan tumatalon daw so hindi na record…Iyong oras siguro hindi nakuhanan ang particular na pumasok siya pero as per statement noong resource person natin, pumasok iyon. Hindi lang nakuhanan. Nakita naman nating lumabas magkasunod sila,” Quilates said.

Authorities confirmed that the plates of the said vehicles were fake.

“Actually on that aspect, we are relying on the capabilities of our Highway Patrol Group counterparts. Sana magkaroon tayo ng medyo konting linaw or lead to unmasking the identity of these vehicles at saka iyong mga occupants,” the officer said.

Investigation on the possible owners and sources of the vehicles is underway.- Japhet Cablaida / Marje Pelayo

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Tanauan City Hall employees to undergo stress debriefing following Mayor’s death

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, July 9th, 2018

Some of the Tanauan City Hall government workers who attended the early Monday, flag raising ceremony on July 9, a week after Mayor Antonio Halili’s assasination.

BATANGAS, Philippines – It was an emotional Monday for employees of the Tanauan City Hall in Batangas, one week after the traumatic assassination of Mayor Antonio Halili.

Around 500 employees joined the flag raising ceremony today (July 9), many of whom have not yet recovered from the stress after witnessing the actual shooting of the mayor.

“Pinag-aralan namin at alam naming marami pang empleyado ang natatakot dahil naalala nila ang naganap noong nakaraang lunes. So minarapat naming dito ganapin sa harap ng city hall para naman kahit papaano ay iba ang environment,” said Mayor Jhoanna Corona-Villamor who officially took over the post of Mayor Halili.

This prompted the city government to schedule a stress debriefing for affected employees.

“Nakipag-coordinate na ako sa HR department head at isa iyan sa priority project namin dito. Ngayong transition period ay magkaroon ng stress debriefing dahil alam natin na talagang traumatising iyong nangyari,” said the new mayor.

“Depende na sa level ng stress and truma na na-experience kasi very traumatic talaga…Kita kasi ng mga empleyedo…It will take time,” said Jacqueline Landicho of the city hall’s human resources department.

Meanwhile, Mayor Villamor is contemplating on whether or not she would continue Halili’s walk of shame campaign in line with the local government’s efforts against illegal drugs.

She also allayed fears of employees under job order status as the LGU has no plans of retrenchment.

Villamor said she wants to carry on with the projects that the slain mayor had started. – Japhet Cablaida / Marje Pelayo–

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