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Vice Gov. Lacson Says No Evidence It Was Politically-Motivated

By Eugene Adiong & Edith B. Colmo

Members of the Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) increased the reward to P2.5 million for those who can lead to the arrest of the killer of SP Member Renato Malabor.

BACOLOD Mayor Monico Puentevella, celebrating his birthday today July 2, with guests in yesterday’s State of Booming Bacolod Address.*


The Provincial SP also unanimously approved in yesterday’s regular session the resolutions of SP Members Alain Gatuslao and Rolando Ponsica, extending sincere condolences to the families of Malabor, and Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan.

Gatuslao said they are extending their deepest and sincere condolences to the Malabor family for the untimely death of their brother in the legislative body.

Malabor was former councilor of Isabela, and a three-term mayor before he ran for provincial boardor SP.

Board Member Ponsica, meanwhile in his resolution also extends condolence and sympathy, to the family of the late Provincial Adminis-trator Enrique Pinongan who died of cancer on June 24, 2015.

He has served the province as provincial treasurer from March 1992 to December 2006, and became provincial administrator from January 2007 until June 2015. He has dedicated his time to the province with great loyalty and sincerity towards the welfare of the people of Negros Occidental.

Both resolutions were unanimously approved.

PP2.5-M REWARD. Vice Gov. Jose Eugenio “Bong” Lacson, as presiding officer of the SP, yesterday requested the members to add P500,000.00 to the initial P2 million from the Office of the Governor, as reward for anyone who could provide information that could lead to the arrest of the gunman in killing of Board Member Malabor and his bodyguard Leody “Butch” Jomillia on June 28.

Lacson said, this is to speed up the investigation and hasten the attainment of justice for the victim.

‘No More NIR TWG Meetings’ - Gov

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There will be no more meetings of the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the newly-created Negros Island Region (NIR), Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., yesterday said.

“I do not know of any meetings,” Marañon said, “what is left is for the different agencies to appoint their heads and personnel to the regional offices.”

“We have already chosen which agency will go to Bacolod and Dumaguete,” he pointed out.

“What I understand is that during the June 19 TWG meeting, we already agreed on the splitting of the agencies, the Governor said.

Malabor, Bodyguard Shot Dead in Isabela Town

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A member of the Negros Occidental Provincial Board and his bodyguard were shot dead allegedly by a lone suspect while both were leaving the cockpit in Barangay Guintubhan in Isabela town, early yesterday morning at about 1 a.m.

Senior Supt. Samuel Nacion, acting provincial director said that Provincial Board Member Renato Malabor (5th District) and his bodyguard identified as Leody ‘“Butch” Jumilla were on their way to the former’s service vehicle, a Toyota Hi Lux when both were shot from behind by the lone gunman.

Nacion said Jumilla, 40 years old and bodyguard of Malabor for 15 years died on the spot from two gunshot wounds in the back while Malabor , 55 succumbed to a lone gunshot wound also in the back while being treated at the Bacolod Adventist Medical Center.

Witnesses who were at the cockpit when the incident happened said that Malabor even greeted some bystanders while leaving the cockpit and a few minutes later they heard gunshots.

A witness who asked anonymity said that they hurried to where the shots came from and saw the sprawled body of Jumilla on the ground.

He said they also saw blood drops on the ground which could be that of Malabor whom they believed was able to get up his vehicle and was rushed by his driver to the hospital here where he expired.

Nacion who motored to Isabela town to personally oversee the investigation said that the execution was well-planned when asked if the suspect could be a professional hired killer.

He vowed to investigate all angles in the killing of the official.

Capitol Officials Condemn Malabor Slay, Offers P2M Reward

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Officials of Negros Occidental were one in condemning the shooting of Board Member Renato Malabor (5th district) while he was leaving the cockpit in Brgy. Guintubhan, Isabela town early yesterday morning.

Malabor and his body guard Butch Jumilla was shot by an unidentified lone suspect while leaving the cockpit at about 1:30 in the morning yesterday.

Jumilla died on the spot while the official succumbed to a lone gunshot wound at the back while undergoing treatment at the Bacolod Adventist Medical Center.

Ramos, Consumers Group to File Injunction vs. Bulk Water Bidding Today

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Beleaguered Marichi Ramos, director of the Bacolod City Water District board and a consumers group are set to file separate injunction cases seeking to stop the slated bidding for the bulk water project of the said utility firm this week.

In a press conference yesterday, Ramos slammed the BACIWA management to what she claimed as “a questionable project” spearheaded by the board under President Atty. Maida Torre.