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councilor posts bail


A former councilor charged for direct assault with frustrated murder, in connection with an encounter between New People’s Army guerillas and government troopers at a checkpoint in San Carlos City, has posted bail of P200,000, police records show.

Police Supt. Arnel Arpon yesterday said respondent Dr. Ramon Nemenzo, former Cadiz City councilor, presented to him Thursday an order of his release from jail, signed and issued by San Carlos Judge Kathrine Go, after he posted the required bail.

On the same day, Nemenzo’s driver, Federico Tumbagahan, and Samuel Asilar, surrendered to the Cadiz City Police Station, Arpon said.

Included in the criminal complaint are self-confessed NPA member Joepet Tuayon, and Jane and John Does.

Arpon said Nemenzo was reported to be processing the bail of Tumbagahan, his driver, yesterday.

Police investigations showed that Tumbagahan was driving the Hyundai Starex van, loaded with armed rebels, with another Nissan Urvan Escapades van that were both intercepted later at a checkpoint by Army soldiers and policemen in Brgy. Punao, San Carlos City, on Oct. 7.

Arpon, however, said Tumbagahan was no longer driving the van, when it was intercepted as he was replaced by another person, in the company of armed men, upon arriving in Brgy. Tanquinto, Escalante City, from Cadiz City.

Asilar was contacted by Tumbagahan to look for another van, after Nemenzo did not allow him to use his personal van for rent, he added.

Arpon also raised the possibility that the names of Nemenzo, Tumbagahan and Asilar were mentioned in the affidavit of the owners of the van, and that this led to the inclusion of their names in the complaints.

The encounter at the checkpoint in San Carlos City also caused a slight injury to Cpl. Hernando Santos and led to the capture of the injured Tuayon, who was left behind, bleeding, by his fleeing comrades with the intercepted vans. An M16 assault rifle with a bandoleer of ammunition was recovered by the police.

Tuayon is now detained at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology facilities in San Carlos City.*GPB




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