The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) First Division has dismissed the petition to cancel the certificate of candidacy of Toboso Mayor Richard Jaojoco.

The case was filed by Jaojoco’s rival Maria Luisa Dela Cruz on October 23, 2015.

The decision, obtained by the Negros Daily Bulletin yesterday, was promulgated on May 3 but was released only on May 10 and signed by Commissioners Christian Robert Lim, Luie Tito Guia and Ma. Rowena Amelia Guanzon.

Davao Native Shot Dead in Toboso

Toboso PNP under Police Chief Inspector Roberto Mansueto is facing a blank wall as to the motive of killing a Davao City native beside his house around 10:00 p.m. Monday, police belated report disclosed.

Mansueto said Richard Chua Ulila, 37, of Davao City and now residing in Barangay Magticol, the birthplace of his wife, sustained gunshot wound at the back from unknown caliber of firearm.

That time, the victim was reportedly texting his wife in Manila at the back of their house when shot by unidentified suspect.

Barangay Watchman Shoots Farmer in Toboso

TOBOSO - A day before election on Monday, a tanod of Barangay Bandila shot dead a farmer due to a personal grudge.

Police Senior Inspector Joevito Bose, acting Toboso PNP chief identified the victim as Daniel Brabat, 53, married, of Sitio Vicincina, Barangay Bandila.

The suspected Barangay Tanod was identified as Flaviano Arnado, also from the said place. He escaped.

Police investigation disclosed that the old personal grudge was due to land dispute since 2010.

Killings in Negros Occ. Not Election-Related, Señoron Insists

Despite the killing that has now reached six during the election period, acting provincial police director Senior Supt. William Señoron insisted that they are all “not election related.”

Señoron made the clarification a day after two more individuals were shot by un-named suspects in separate incidents on Sunday.

Killed by suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Toboso town Sunday afternoon was a certain Cpl. Nelski Marino of the 62nd IB and a resident of Sitio Mansigibo, Brgy. San Isidro, Toboso.