PRO-6 records seven pre-election violent incidents
BY RUBY P. SILUBRICO
ILOILO City – Seven pre-election violent incidents were recorded Western Visayas in the days leading to Monday’s polls.
According to Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr., Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) director, their Regional Election Monitoring Action Center (REMAC) listed the fatal ambush in Lemery, Iloilo on May 6 as one of them.
Killed were Arcadio Apura, husband of Mayor Ligaya Apura; and companion Rodel Lope.
One suspect has been arrested.
REMAC also reported on the shooting that killed a supporter of a mayoralty candidate in Negros Occidental on May 10.
Valentine Parreño was gunned down in Brgy. Bug-ang, Toboso town and was declared dead-on-arrival at the Alfredo Marañon Sr. District Hospital in Sagay City.
Parreño was a supporter of Ma. Luisa dela Cruz, mayoralty candidate of the Liberal Party.
In the afternoon of May 12, a relative of a mayoralty candidate in Banate town, Iloilo was shot to death in Brgy. Dugwakan of the said town.
The victim was Jerry Omez who succumbed to a gunshot wound on his chest. He was a cousin of Carlos Cabanagal, mayoralty candidate of the LP.
On the other hand, two persons reported to the Madalag police station in Aklan that they were fired at by a certain Argie Molas around 9:30 a.m. on election day.
The complainants were Pelmer Nacionales and Lucky Arcenio.
However, the police did not find any fired shell or evidence to establish the alleged shooting.
The REMAC also listed three explosions. One happened just outside the gate of former Justice secretary Raul Gonzalez Sr.’s house in Jaro, Iloilo City on May 9. A grenade was used.
The second was on May 10. A power transmission tower was bombed by suspected rebels Brgy. Indag-an, Miag-ao, Iloilo. An improvised explosive device was used.
On May 12, an alleged explosion was reported in Brgy. Canoan, Estancia, Iloilo around 2:15 a.m.
Overall, said Cruz, Western Visayas was peaceful and orderly on election day./PN