GOVERNOR: Alfredo Marañon Jr.
VICE GOVERNOR: Eugenio Jose Lacson
Salvador Escalante Jr.
Miller Serondo Jr.
Patrick Leonard Lacson
Jose Benito Alonso
Another loose firearm was confiscated from a resident of Ilog town by Brgy. Tabu Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) in an operation about 4PM, Wednesday for violation of Comelec gun ban.
BPAT members Hernani Singganon, Marvin Oliveros, Teodolfo Belando and Eulogio Perando endorsed to Ilog Police Lester Paul Pallares alias Tiboli, 23, of Sitio Mambusao, Brgy. Tabu for having in his possession an improvised shotgun with fired cartridge and one ammunition.
Pallares is locked up for further investigation and filing of criminal charges.* (RRM)
Three men facing charges for murder, attempted murder and frustrated homicide were apprehended in Negros Occidental by police authorities, Tuesday through its intensified campaign against persons with warrants of arrest.
Over in Isabela town, PSInsp. Ramil Sarona with his men collared Gerardo Canselo alias Moroy, 51, of Sitio Alibangbang, Brgy. San Agustin through a warrant with criminal case number 3753 for the crime of murder issued by Judge Jorge Patriarca with no bail recommended for his temporary release. He is detained at Isabela Police Station prior to commitment to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) facility.
Meanwhile, Jo-an Bercolano, 29, of Brgy. 6 in Victorias City was nabbed by the authorities for the crime of multiple attempted murder with criminal case numbers 8922-69 and 2013-48 with bail bond fixed at P120,000.
The arrest of Bercolano was effected at Rizal St., Silay City about 3:25PM, Tuesday.
The Regional Trial Court (RTC) already received from the Department of Justice (DOJ) the information for the filing of the murder charges against seven of the suspects in the killing of the magistrate in a lonely spot in Manalad in Ilog town, Philip Arles, a son of the judge said yesterday in text messages sent to media people.
After the RTC receipt of information from the DOJ, the judicial procedure is to file formal charges against the suspects in the court, and warrants of arrest issued by the court. If it will be remembered, earlier, the DOJ ruled that there is probable cause for the murder case and that in a few days, the court will issue warrants of arrest for apprehension of the seven suspects in the murder case.
Eight members of the Philippine Army and a civilian were injured in a road accident after their canter truck fell about 11AM, Friday along the national road at Sitio Moog, Brgy. Vista Alegre, Ilog town.
Traffic report said the green-colored canter truck 47th Infantry Battalion of Philippine Army based in Brgy. Tiling, Cauayan with plate number SHL 769 driven by Private Gerald Pulviras, 24, was moving towards Kabankalan City when it swerved and accidentally fell on the right side of the road. Pulviras with Capt. Glenford Libre; PFC’s Lawrence Parreño, Julius Araneta, Joemar Andal and Dario Tolentino; Corporals Jerome Punsalan and Hane Charl Tureta and Sgt. Ronilo Aguacito with civilian Ma. Fe Gallardo.
The victims were rushed to Don Lorenzo Memorial District Hospital in Kabankalan City for medical treatment while follow-up investigation of the incident was referred to SPO2 Rygie Pigar.
A 2,876-strong army trooper from 303rd Infantry Brigade have been dis-patched to the whole of Negros Occidental during the election, according to Col. Jon Aying, brigade commander in a radio inter-view here yesterday.
But he assured that the army is capable of augmen-tation incase there is more untoward incidents to happening as that of the camp in Minuyan, Murcia which has a number of standby troops in case of other eventualities.
Aying said he made the disclosure without prejudice to the army’s strength under the brigade which will eventually give an idea to insurgents in the island.
Aying said they focus their augmentation to some hot spots areas already identified by the COMELEC.
Supreme Court administrator Jose Midas Marquez lamented the slow pace of justice for Kabankalan regional trial court Judge Henry Arles who was murdered in Ilog town, Negros Occidental in April last year.
Marquez, in an interview yesterday, said "[i]t is distressing to know that after over a year of legal proceedings, the masterminds have not been brought to justice and remain scot-free."
"If a highly reputed and distinguished judge cannot get justice from our system, then who can? I am hoping that this remains an isolated case, and will not happen to any of us, not to any judge, not to any prosecutor," Marquez added.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dismissed the murder charges filed against Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr., his son Ilog Mayor John Paul Alvarez, and Cauayan Vice Mayor Jerry Tabujara, in connection with the murder of Kabankalan Regional Trial Court Judge Henry Arles last year.
Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez Jr. (center) and his children, 6th District Rep. Mercedes Alvarez and Ilog Mayor John Paul Alvarez hold a press conference at their residence in Bacolod last night to inform the media that the DOJ has dismissed the murder charges filed against the vice governor and the mayor in connection with the murder of Judge Henry Arles.* (DDangcalan Photo)
The DOJ resolution, which was received by mail by the Poblador, Bautista, and Reyes Law Offices in Manila, the legal counsel of the Alvarez, at 1:10 p.m. yesterday, dismissed the murder charges against the three officials for "insufficient evidence."
Activities emphasizing the necessity for the giving of justice for the late magistrate, RTC Judge Henry Arles, through holy mass and unveiling of a billboard memorial was undertaken yesterday, in the Kabankalan City Cathedral and on the exact site in Manalad Village, where Arles was overtaken by a group of gunmen on board a tricycle and shot dead on the spot. The suspects were alleged members of the rogue rebel group, RPA-ABB with some government officials as alleged masterminds.
A tarpaulin bearing the photo of slain Judge Henry Arles was installed yesterday at the site where he was killed by men riding in tandem at Brgy. Manalad, Ilog.* (Owen S. Bayog/NDB photo)
The mass was sponsored by the Justice for Arles, Justice for All (JAJA) movement who distributed less-than-a-palm-in-size, silkscreened cloth with pins to be worn on one’s breast. The cloth printed the likeness of the late judge as a symbol for friends and sympathizers on his commitment to justice which ironically felled him in a monumental dastardly act by gunmen of the RPA-ABB who later recanted their testimonies, but which jurisprudence provides will still stick.
The Arles siblings, Philip and her younger sister, Ria Arles in colorful flowery dress which she wore after being garbed in a lawyer’s formal clothing in a previous press conference, said they remain confident that the country’s justice system would work out as it should in the case of their murdered father, the magistrate, Henry Arles,shot and killed a year ago in a small village in Manalad, Ilog town, just a few kilometers from his home in Dancalan Village, Ilog town.
The woman-lawyer, the apple of his late father’s eye whom she said she occasionally dreams about, said in regular justice system procedures in the country, it may take only six months at the least for the prosecutor’s office to resolve a case brought before it, including the murder complaint lodged by the Arles family against rogue elements of the RPA-BB, and three officials, including Vice-Governor Genaro Alvarez, Ilog Mayor Paul Alvarez, and Cauayan Vice-Mayor Gerry Tabujara. Nevertheless, Ria Arles said the family retains its confidence in the justice system, adding that in fact, a draft resolution of the murder case has already been finished and to be written in final form. But the Arles family indicated that they are not exhibiting any anxiety or impatience over the delay in the complaint’s resolution.