Despite the spate of killings in Sitio Canlunsong, peace and order in the area remains stable as these incidents are only isolated, E.B. Magalona Mayor David Albert Lacson, said yesterday.
Rep. Alfredo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) said there is no cause for alarm as Lacson and the Philippine National police are on top of the situation.
On Sunday, another killing occurred in the area when armed men killed the brother of slain Kagawad Rolando Lozada, Rene, 22 and his father Nicolas, 70.
Negros Occidental Provincial Police Director Senior Supt. Allan Guisihan identified the suspects yesterday as “alias Tata Seva”, his brothers “alias Macmac” and “alias Bong-Bong Seva” and one “alias Benjie Denero”.
Guisihan said in a television interview that they are preparing charges against the suspects, who are bandits and belong to the group called “The brothers”. He said the suspects sow terror in the area as they usually carry high-caliber firearms.
Senior Insp. Arnold Mesias, E.B. Magalona police chief, said the murder suspects first burned the house of Lauro Delgado Jr. in Brgy. Canlusong, before killing Rene in the same barangay, and his father, Nicolas, in nearby Brgy. San Isidro, all in EB Magalona
Before them, the father of Delgado, Lauro Sr., was also killed by the same group in Brgy. Canlusong, more than a month after they allegedly Kagawad Lozada, police records showed.
On Sept. 5, former Canlusong barangay kagawad Federico Esguiran and his son, Nilo, were also both killed before their horrified family members in Brgy. Canlusong, EB Magalona.
Lacson said that with the identification of the suspects and the filing of charges against them, E.B. Magalona, the spate of killings in Sitio Canlunsong will finally end. He said the army detachment in the area is almost completed, and can be occupied by government troops within this week or early next week.
Lacson said several government troops have been detailed to the area to help stabilize the situation.*APN