High-powered firearms seized from Iloilo town mayor’s house

Marje Pelayo   •   October 18, 2018   •   3776


High-powered firearms seized from the house of Sara town mayor, Emerlita Salcedo | Courtesy: PRO 6


ILOILO CITY, Philippines – A number of high-powered firearms were seized from the house of Sara mayor, Ermilita Salcedo in a raid held by members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office 6 on Wednesday (October 17).

Authorities said Salcedo’s husband, former Mayor Neptali Salcedo was the subject of the search warrant.

However, the former mayor was not at their home in Barangay Poblacion, Ilawod.

When the authorities launched the search, they discovered a number of assorted firearms namely an M14 rifle; an M16 rifle; an Ultimax 100 311 rifle; a 12-gauge shotgun; an AK47 rifle; three .45 calibre pistols; and some rounds of ammunition.

According to the PRO6 Director PCSupt. John Bulalacao, Mayor Ermilita failed to present licenses for the firearms discovered that’s why authorities temporarily placed her under police custody.

After initial investigation, the Mayor was released pending further investigation.

“Wala naman pala siyang legal responsibility doon sa kasong maaari naming isampa laban sa kaniya. The initial evaluation of our lawyer ay wala siyang kasalanan. But that does not bar us from filing charges against her kung ma find out naming na mayroon din siyang responsibility,” Bulalacao explained.

Mayor Ermilita refused to make a statement on the incident and the whereabouts of her husband.

PCSupt. Bulalacao meanwhile, called on Neptali Salcedo to surrender.

“It would be better for him to face the charges sumurrender nalang siya at kung mayroon pa siyang ibang hawak firearms that are unlicensed i-turn over nalang niya sa amin para wala na siyang problema,”

The mayor’s stepson, Ricky Salcedo and the couple’s grandson, Nixon Salcedo were both killed in the gun fight during the raid.

The police said the two opened fire so authorities were forced to retaliate.

Ricky was a former cop and the subject of the raid.  He was in the house when the police served the search warrant.

Multiple firearms were seized from Ricky including a .9mm submachine pistol, a .38mm revolver and a .22mm rifle.

Seized from Nixon, meanwhile, was a .45mm pistol.

The raid was part of the PNP’s campaign against loose firearms in view of the upcoming 2019 mid-term elections. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lalaine Moreno)

Iloilo City placed under MECQ from Sept. 25 until Oct. 9

Marje Pelayo   •   September 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Iloilo City has been placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) effective September 25 until October 9 due to the increasing number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque the new measure is based on the issued Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution 74 which also requires facility-based isolation for confirmed asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 cases.

However, the resolution exempts patients who are considered vulnerable or having comorbidities as confirmed by the local health officer.

Another exception would be when the Ligtas COVID-19 Centers within the region are fully occupied and the local government unit does not have sufficient isolation facilities.

On Tuesday (September 22), 33 employees of the Iloilo City Hall tested positive for COVID-19 prompting the three-day temporary closure of the establishment beginning Wednesday (September 23) as declared by Mayor Jerry Treñas in Executive Order No. 215-A.

Prior to that, 13 barangays in the city were placed under total lockdown due to the increase in community transmission of COVID-19.

Iloilo City closes borders as COVID-19 cases spike

Marje Pelayo   •   July 22, 2020

ILOILO CITY, Philippines — The local government of Iloilo City has temporarily closed its borders due to the increasing number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the area.

Mayor Jerry Treñas said the city government banned the entry of residents coming from Bacolod City, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental. 

Meanwhile, movement of essential goods and cargoes remains open to maintain normal supply of food and basic needs.

Due to the rising number cases of COVID-19, Iloilo City will CLOSE ITS BORDERS for people coming in from BACOLOD CITY,…

Posted by Jerry Treñas on Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Iloilo province under state of calamity due to increase of dengue cases

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 26, 2019

Iloilo Province was placed under state of calamity on Tuesday (July 23) due to the increasing number of dengue cases in the area.

READ: Dengue on the rise: How to protect your family against dengue virus

The Iloilo Provincial Board has put the province under state of calamity to be able to use the P26.5-million calamity fund for medical supplies, insecticides and other necessities.

There are already 6,806 dengue cases recorded in the area with 23 reported deaths from January to July 13 this year. This is exceedingly higher compared with the 543 recorded cases from January to July 6, 2018.

READ: DOH declares dengue alert in several regions

Western Visayas is among the top regions with high dengue cases recorded.—AAC



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