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Mayor of the city of Negros Occidental denied connection with ambush on April 25



Meanwhile, Moises Padilla's Counselor, Agustin Grande III, offers a reward of P2.5 million to anyone who can give details that lead to the arrest of those murders in the city.

Posted at 12:54 PM, April 30, 2019

Updated at 12:54 pm on April 30, 2019

SURVIVING Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr Condoles with Deputy Mayor Ella Celestina Garcia Yulo after the fatal ambush of his brother and nephew. Photo courtesy Richard Malihan

SURVIVING Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr Condoles with Deputy Mayor Ella Celestina Garcia Yulo after the fatal ambush of his brother and nephew. Photo courtesy Richard Malihan

The mayor of the city of Moises Padilla vehemently denied being the mastermind of an ambush on April 25 that killed the brother and nephew of the deputy mayor of his city.

At a press conference on Monday, April 29, in the municipal hall of the city of Pulupandan, Mayor Magdaleno Peña laughed when he was pressed if he was behind the attack, saying: "This is a silly question, you want an answer fool

"I point to them. They kill each other. They have a history of killing each other … man is a creature of habits, "said the mayor.

Deputy Mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo's brother, Mark Garcia, and his nephew, counselor Michael Garcia, were killed in an ambush after a campaign in Barangay Inolingan. The deputy mayor survived the attack after his brother and nephew sacrificed their lives so she and the others could hide in nearby houses.

She is seeking the position of mayor against Peña, her uncle, in the next elections.

Mas Peña remained undisturbed. According to him, most people in Moises Padilla support him because of his performance.

"It's possible that the Army sent a special unit to take care of things there, we do not know, or Ella killed her relatives, I do not know, they have this story," said the mayor.

He said he is sure that the case will be filed in the provincial prosecutor's office.

In addition, he criticized the province's top officials for offering a £ 2 million reward to anyone who can provide information that could lead to the arrest of the killers.

Thirty people have already been indicted by the ambush and death of the Garcias.

Charges ranging from murder, double murder, attempted murder were filed on April 26 before the Provincial Prosecutor against reelectionist Moises Padilla Counselor Agustin Grande III; Joe Cezar, a member of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT), 5 identified suspects whose names have not yet been disclosed by police and 23 John Does.

The prosecutor ordered the release of Grande from custody due to insufficient evidence for his arrest without warrant while affirming the validity of the arrest without warrant against Cezar.

Grande, who also attended the press conference on Monday, also denied his alleged role in the ambush. He pointed out that his name was drawn into the case due to revenge.

That's because he recently filed a murder case against the deputy mayor for his alleged role in the death of his brother Magdaleno in 2016, which remained unresolved, he said.

"I have nothing to do with Garcia's murders, since I have no personal resentment against them. I do not need to put the law in my hands, since I have already searched for the appropriate remedy to file a criminal complaint, "he said.

He also announced that he is offering a reward of P2.5 million to anyone who can give details that could lead to the arrest of the Garcias assassins and the other perpetrators who perpetrated the murders in his city.

The councilman, who showed and counted the P2.5 million money in front of the local media, said:May kwarta ko. Nag utang ko. Damo man ko kwarta (I have money, I have debts, I have lots of money), "he added.

Michael Garcia was the third councilman to be killed in the province this year. The April 25 ambush came three weeks after re-electionist Moises Padilla, counselor Jolomar Hilario, was killed at his home March 30 in Barangay Inolingan by the New People's Army. It also occurred 3 days after Escalante's councilor, Bernardino Patigas, was shot dead on 22 April. Rappler.com


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