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Village chief shot dead in Tanza, Cavite

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, 16 April 2018 03:10 PM

A CCTV footage captures the murder of barangay chairman Leonilo Arbonido in Tanza Cavite, April 14, Saturday.

Authorities have recorded the first election-related crime in this year’s poll season after a barangay chairman in Tanza, Cavite was shot dead by gunmen riding-in-tandem on April 14, Saturday.

The slain barangay chairman was identified as Leonilo Arbonido, 59, the captain of Barangay Julugan VI.

In a CCTV footage, the victim was seen inside his store when the shooting happened.

The kin, on the other hand, refused to give a statement regarding the incident.

Abonido’s co-workers are saddened by the chairman’s death.

“Maasikaso siya sa amin sa barangay. Kami nga’y nanghihinayang dahil sabi ko nga isang matapat na kaibigan at pinuno namin,” said barangay kagawad Bayani Razon.

(He was kind to us. It’s a pity because he was a true friend and good leader.)

Arbonida has served for 16 years as a counselor and 10 years as the village chief.

Authorities are still looking into possible suspects in the killing. — UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Kin cries justice for teacher stabbed at home in Cavite

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, 28 December 2018 01:58 PM

A picture of victim Teacher Jolly Butawan placed in her coffin

CAVITE, Philippines – Teacher Jolly Butawan was stabbed to death inside his home at GMA Village in Barangay Poblacion Singko, in the municipality of General Mariano Alvarez on the evening of Sunday (December 23).

Teacher Jolly sustained 30 stab wounds in different parts of his body which eventually caused his death.

His brother Joseph can only remember him as a kind person and their family still cannot believe that he is gone.

“Nagtataka kami kung bakit nangyari sa kaniya ito. Wala po siyang kaaway. Sa katunayan nga po kung kayo’y magtatanong-tanong diyan sa paligid kung anong klaseng tao po itong kapatid ko ay puro positive po ang masasabi sa kaniya,” Joseph said.

The GMA police is looking into robbery as the main motive of the incident.

“Initially ang motibo ng pagnanakaw kasi base na rin doon sa kamaganak at doon sa crime scene processing na ginawa ng PPNP-SOCO, nawala nga iyong mahalagang gamit tulad ng cellphone, alahas at pera,” explained GMA Police Chief PCInsp. Romulo Dela Rea.

Authorities, meanwhile, confirmed that they already have one person of interest based on the recovered CCTV footage and from the testimonies of the witnesses.

In one of the videos, the potential suspect was seen standing inside a computer shop holding the victim’s mobile phone.

Teacher Jolly’s family calls on the authorities to find justice for his murder.

“Sana po ay mahuli po ang pumatay sa aking mahal na kapatid at sana rin po kung ano po ang parusa na dapat maibigay sa kaniya ay maibigay po sana,” Joseph said as he called for immediate action from the government.

The GMA Cavite Police is strengthening its manhunt operation to capture the assailant. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Benedict Samson)

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PNP identifies six persons of interest in Rep. Batocabe’s slay

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, 26 December 2018 03:59 PM

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday confirmed that they already have identified the six persons of interest in the murder of Ako Bicol Party list Congressman Rodel Batocabe and his police aide, SPO1 Orlando Diaz.

“Yes. Iyong iba alias.We cannot divulge it yet. Hindi rin natin pwedeng sabihin kung anong grupo iyan,” PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde told members of the press after a case conference held at Camp Simeon Ola in Legaspi City.

The PNP is still not discounting the possible role of the New People’s Army (NPA) in the crime as well as the idea that the killing was politically motivated.

Though the lawmaker’s kin acknowledge that they are going against a political power, the PNP cannot ascertain if Batocabe’s rival in local politics has something to do with the killing.

“Alam mo naman kapag pulitika, you always point to the opponent, hindi ba? Sabi ko nga, we, the PNP cannot speculate. We cannot speculate because we cannot link this person yet because of lack of substantial evidence,” Albayalde stressed.

The PNP has opened three communication lines for whosoever could provide information on the incident.

Witnesses and informants may use these number to report to the authorities of their knowledge on the crime.

But despite the reward money that already reached P32-million pesos, Albayalde admits that it remains a challenge for the PNP to assemble the puzzle as witness are afraid to come out and testify.

“So far wala pa nga. Sana nga makatulong. What we were able to establish is itong mga assailants nanggaling sa likod. So ibig sabihin itong mga ito nanggaling din doon sa crowd. There’s a big possibility na iyong mga tao doon sa crowd na iyon ay kilala itong mga assailants na ito and yet walang gustong magsalita,” the PNP Chief said.

As of press time, the PNP already collected testimonies from six individuals who happened to be survivors from the incident.

However, their testimonies are still not enough to establish a suspect, according to PCSupt. Arnel Escobal.

“Iyon nga ang problema natin hesitant magbigay iyong iba. Iyong 6 kasi nasugatan iyong mga iyon, Iyon ang una naming kinuhanan ng statement baka may makuha kaming information doon sa nangyari. Kaya lang so far wala kaming nakuhang impormasyon na maaaring makatulong sa imbestigasyon,” the Police Regional Office Chief concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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Three more witnesses appear in Trece Martires Vice Mayor Lubigan’s slay case

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, 5 November 2018 02:47 PM

 

FILE PHOTO: Ambush of Trece Martires, Cavite Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan

MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Gemma Lubigan, the wife of slain Trece Martires vice mayor Alexander Lubigan, has presented three more witnesses in the case of her murdered husband.

During Monday’s hearing on the charges of murder and frustrated murder against Mayor Milandres de Sagun and other respondents, Lubigan’s legal counsel said the testimony of the three witnesses will strengthen their grounds against Maragondon, Cavite Councilor Umbe Arca for covering up the mastermind in the crime.

“At kung sino ang may hawak noong sasakyan na makikita sa mga CCTV ay ginamit noong mga gunmen para makatakas,” said the victim’s legal counsel Atty. Raymond Fortun on additional pieces of information they have on the case.

Meanwhile, Gemma Lubigan insisted her innocence in the killing of her husband.

Likewise, she stressed that she is not using the death of her husband to gain sympathy and push for her candidacy.

“Iyong sinasabi nilang isa pa iyong paratang na iyon sa akin na ako iyong suspect na nagpapatay sa kaniya, nakakatawa lang po iyong sinabi nila. Parang hindi po pinag isipan. Iyong sinasabi na ginagamit ko, hindi po totoo iyon. Nagkataon lang po na si Vice ay may naiwang laban na kailangan ko pong ipagpatuloy ngayon,” Gemma Lubigan said.

“Hindi po totoo na hindi siya magbe-benefit politically sa pagkamatay ni Vice kasi noong namatay po si Vice, nawala po iyong number 1 contender nila sa pagka mayor,” she alleged of Mayor de Sagun and his other political ally. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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