PNP creates special task group to probe death of Pulupandan ex-mayor

February 18, 2010 11:05 pm 

By Perla G. Lena

ILOILO CITY, Feb. 18 – The Police Regional Office 6 (PRO 6) has created a special task group to look into the killing of the former mayor of Pulupandan, Negros Occidental, Luis Mondia on Wednesday night.

PRO 6 regional public information head Supt. Ranulfo Demiar said C/Supt. Isagani R. Cuevas tasked S/Supt. Cornelio R. Defensor, chief of the Regional Intelligence Division to lead the "Special Investigation Task Group Mondia."

Mondia was shot by an assailant while he was about to board his car in front of the Jaro Cathedral after attending the Ash Wednesday mass.

He was rushed to the Iloilo Mission Hospital but was declared dead around 11 p.m.

The victim’s family believed that the incident was politically motivated and his contender, incumbent Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Peña was behind the killing.

But Peña, in interviews by several local radio stations here, was quick to deny his involvement in the case.

Meantime, Demiar said added that Cuevas has not placed a time frame as to the investigation that will be conducted by the task group.

He added though that the heated political rivalry in Pulupandan will also be one of the angles that will be considered during the course of the probe.

Cuevas also instructed the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) to conduct an “honest to goodness investigation of the situation in Pulupandan.”

The killing of Mondia is the first election-related violence that happened in a highly urbanized city and in Western Visayas as a whole. (PNA)

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