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Village chief shot dead in Tanza, Cavite

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2018

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

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, November 5th, 2018


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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1 dead, 9 wounded in Cavite dump truck crash

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2018

The body of motorcycle rider identified as Ramon Joseph Magracia in Cavite crash on October 04, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Lea Calizo

CAVITE, Philippines — A dump truck crashed Thursday afternoon along Emilio Aguinaldo Highway in Dasmariñas City, Cavite killing one and injuring 9 others.

Police report said the truck driver, identified as Marlon Melgar, was plying the highway when he lost control of the truck after the brakes failed to work.

Dasmariñas CPS Chief of Police, PSupt Nerwin Ricohermoso said, “May karga siya na mga graba materials for construction and then all of a sudden nagbump siya sa may center island namin papunta dun sa gilid and then nag loose na yung kanyang brake and then natanggal na yung dalawang gulong sa likod.”

The out of control truck rammed into nine more vehicles including a motorcycle before falling on its side in Barangay Sampaloc Uno.

The motorcycle rider, identified as Ramon Joseph Magracia, slid under the truck. He was brought to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Nine people were also wounded in the incident and brought to the hospital for medical attention.

The accident, which almost occupied both lanes of the highway, resulted in heavy traffic that authorities were only able to clear around 9:00 p.m. after hauling away the truck and other affected vehicles.

The owner of the dump truck expressed willingness to extend financial assistance to cover damages while the driver is expected to face a number of charges.

“So the driver is under our custody and he will be facing reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, and another one is serious physical injury & serious injury and damage to property & damage to government property kasi may mga structures, maraming structures din ang nasira. Yung mga center islands natin yung tinamaan and then medyo yung portion ng highway, yung roads natin and yung sidewalks is medyo nagkaroon din ng damage,” Ricohermoso said. — Benedict Samson

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2 illegal recruiters fall in Cavite entrapment

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Alleged illegal recruiters, Lenie Rose Limos and Maria Corazon Villanueva

Alleged illegal recruiters, Lenie Rose Limos and Maria Corazon Villanueva are now under the custody of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group – Anti Transnational Crime Unit (CIDG-ATCU) after several overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) filed complaints against them.

CIDG-ATCU Chief PSupt. Roque Merdegia, Jr. said the two enticed victims with promises of employment in Japan with a salary of about P70,000-P100,000 as a farm worker.
Limos and Villanueva charged unsuspecting recruits as much as P50,000 – P70,000 for the supposed processing of documents.

Things began to unravel for the duo when it became obvious that they were not sending anyone to Japan, much less produce a plane ticket.

“Noong hindi sila nakaalis, walang ticket na naibigay, marami ng alibi. Nag verify na sila [victims] sa POEA, at it turned out na walang kaukulang lisensya itong mga suspek na ito,” said Merdegia.

He added that on top of the exorbitant processing fee, the suspects charged each victim P9,000 as additional fees for pre-departure orientation seminar and visa.

After receiving the complaints, authorities set up an entrapment operation and eventually arrested the suspects in Imus, Cavite Wednesday afternoon.

Limos and Villanueva will be facing illegal recruitment and estafa charges.

Just a year ago,the  two were arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation for a similar case, but was released when the victims withdrew the charges after receiving compensation from the suspects. — Lea Ylagan.

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