Additional cases of murder and frustrated murder will be filed or have been filed against six of those accused for the alleged extrajudicial killings in Escalante City, the victims’ family declared in another press conference in Bacolod City, yesterday in a well-known restaurant.
As this ensued, the lawyer of the victims, Luke Espiritu, who along with the families and spokesperson Joy Pabon, said after the recent election, May 13, the families have once again, started receiving death threats. Those who were present during the press conference, included Tessie Damalerio and Rey Oasioas.
Two separate complaints for murder and frustrated murder against several persons in Escalante City and in some Northern Negros towns, have been filed against Mayor Melecio "Beboy" Yap, Civil Security Unit (CSU) officials, former army Major Arthur Tupas, human rights leader-advocate Bernardito "Toto" Patigas, former Escalante City Police Chief who is now connected with the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO), Supt. Santiago Rapiz, alleged NPA finance collector, Gregorio Tuayon and former policeman Angel Sinadjan.
But the accused denied the allegations of all the alleged accusers and witnesses, in interviews, as part of the effort of ensuring balance in reportage.
In a separate complaint for the alleged murder of Armando Lutrago former CAFGU, accused were Patigas, Gregorio Tuayon, Rapiz and alleged sparrow unit members Joey Llorente, Jay Vargas, and another person "alias" Bob Soler.
Unbeaten twenty three years old Melvin Rosales Gumban, known by his peers in Barangay Old Escalante, Escalante City as "Vinz," will battle Fernando "Batang Bato" Ocon in the main event of ALA-Cobra "Tunay na Lakas", starting at 6pm today at Mandaue City Plaza.
With a record of 13 wins, no loss and 6 knockouts, Gumban with an orthodox stance will battle Ocon who carries 10 wins, 4 losses and 2 knockouts to cement his position in the super flyweight (116 pounds) division.
The family and relatives of victims of extra-judicial killings (EJKs) in Escalante City are filing supplemental charges before the City Prosecutor’s Office today, in addition to the murder and frustrated charges they have earlier filed against Mayor Melecio Yap Jr. and eight others, their legal counsel disclosed Saturday.
Lawyer Renecio Espiritu said in a press briefing over the weekend that they will file additional charges in support of the charges they have filed against Yap et al last April 17 in connection with the alleged EJK of 23 to 30 victims.
The supplemental charges will strengthen the first case because they now have two eye witnesses, who will speak of direct evidence against Yap and company, Espiritu said.
First District Rep. Julio "Jules" Ledesma IV is filing counter-charges against a lawyer who had filed a petition against him before the San Carlos City Regional Trial Court assailing his guardianship and seeking to declare him ‘incompetent.’
Lawyer Danny Ponde-villa, counsel for Ledesma, yesterday dismissed the charges filed by Epifanio Liberal Jr. against the congressman as ‘black propaganda.’
"This is purely black propaganda by his opponent because he will not win in San Carlos City, which has about 40 to 50 percent of the votes in the First District," Pondevilla said.
About 8,000 residents of Escalante City joined a rally in front of the public market Saturday to condemn the alleged extra-judicial killings (EJKs) in their city.
The rally was spearheaded by the Save Negros Movement (SNM) to seek justice for the 28 alleged victims of EJKs in Escalante. Also joining the rally were Sanlakas and the families of the victims. At the rally, the residents chanted "Justice! Justice! Justice!" for the victims, while some members of the victims’ family narrated how the victims were brutally killed.
Escalante City police chief, Supt. Jefferson Descallar, said Saturday’s rally was peaceful. PNP and members of the Special Action Force were deployed around the city to maintain peace and order, he said. Simultaneous with the rally against EJKs, was a "prayer rally" in support of incumbent Escalante City Mayor Melecio Yap Jr. held at the other side of the highway in front of the city public market.
Alleged victims, members of families, lawyers, a protestant pastor, con-demned what they said were politically-related extrajudicial killings in Escalante City, in a press conference in Bacolod yesterday.
The press conference was also attended by mass members of the breakaway group, Sanlakas-Negros.
Those who attended the press conference, insisted that fully 28 of the killings and the wounding of the victims, were politically motivated in the traditional political sense, pinpointing three identifiable per-sonalities namely Escalante Mayor Melecio Yap, his official security officer, former army Major Arthur Tupas and former police Angel Sinadjan.
The Regional Joint Security Coordinating Center composed of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will convene for a conference next week, Major General Jose Mabanta, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division based in Jamindan, Capiz, said in a press statement yesterday.
The conference is expected to resolve election-related issues and updates in preparation for the forthcoming May 2013 elections, Mabanta added.
He said the AFP and the PNP will remain apolitical and non-partisan in their roles in the May 2013 elections.
Escalante City team A dominated the team titles in 17-under boys and girls and 13-under girls of the 20th Panaad sa Negros age group chess tournament Wednesday afternoon.
Sipalay City settled for silver and Cadiz City A for bronze in the 17-under boys; Bacolod City team A and Hinigaran for silver and bronze medals in 17-under girls; and Bacolod City A and Cadiz City B in the 13-under girl’s respectively.
Bacolod City A ruled the 13-under boys’ followed by La Carlota City and Escalante City A for silver and bronze medals respectively.
Some 127 from 12 local government units (LGUs) participated in this age-group tournament.
Several sachets of suspected shabu were seized from a resident of Escalante City following a buy bust operation about 1:30PM, Tuesday by local police officers and elements of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 6 (PDEA6).
PSupt. Jefferson T. Descallar, police chief and Agent Elmer T. Ebona, of PDEA6 raided the house of Julius Agrida, 46, at Sitio Kugon 1, Brgy. Ali-mango for violation of Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.