Labor Day slaying in Ilocos Norte considered solved

May 9, 2010 11:38 am 

CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO, San Fernando City, La Union May 9 – The Police Regional Office 1 has announced the solution of the Labor Day (May 1) shooting incident in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte where the victim was the town mayor's personal driver.

A report showed that solved was slaying of Edwin Montobig, personal driver of Pasuquin Mayor Oscar Aguinaldo.

Records of PRO 1 Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD) revealed that those arrested in pursuit operations conducted by the Ilocos Norte police headed by Police Sr. Supt. Ulysses Abellera resulted in the arrest of retired Police Sr. Supt. Oscar Aguda and PO1 Emmanuel Cabel of the Police Security Protection Group.

Cabel was identified as security escort of Pasuquin mayoralty candidate retired Police Chief Supt. Renato Aguda, an opponent of Mayor Aguinaldo.

The Ilocos Norte police referred murder and attempted murder cases before the Ilocos Norte Prosecutor’s Office for inquest proceeding (NPS Docket Number I-04-INQ-10E-00028) on May 3 against the suspects and other persons still unidentified.

The slaying of Montobig was among three of the election-related violent incidents (ERVIs) considered already solved in the Ilocos Region in connection with the May 2010 polls.

PRO1 did not identify the two other cases solved.

There were eight recorded ERVIs cases registered all over the Ilocos Region since the campaign period started January 10 this year.

Of the eight, three more are now classified as “cleared”, according to RIDMD.

“This means that of the eight ERVIs recorded, only two cases are not yet solved and are still under investigation,” said Police Chief Supt. Constante D. Azares Jr., PRO1 Regional Director.

A case is considered “solved” under the PNP criteria, if at least one suspect has been arrested and the case has been filed in court.

On the other hand, it is classified as “cleared” if at least one suspect has been identified and the case has been filed in court.

PRO1 investigators disclosed that their ongoing probe of the two remaining unsolved ERVIs is being hampered by lack of witnesses.

However, they vowed to exert their best efforts for the eventual solution of the remaining unsolved cases. (PNA)

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