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‘Ayalin says he’ll kill self
before cops can get him’

BY CARLA GOMEZ

The former barangay captain wanted for killing four Kapitan Ramon, Silay City, officials, including its 16-year-old Sangguniang Kabataan chair, and injuring three others, yesterday said he will kill himself if police arrest him.

Silay ABC president Geodith Gallego of Barangay Gil Lopez said he was able to contact former Kapitan  Ramon barangay captain Noel Ayalin, 48, through his cellular phone yesterday morning to appeal to him to surrender.

“He told me if the police come to arrest him, he would commit suicide before they could get him,” Gallego said.

Gallego, who was also ABC president when Ayalin was barangay captain, said Ayalin would not disclose his whereabouts.

“There did not appear to be any remorse in his voice. Apparently among the matters that angered him was the non-release of his benefits,” Gallego said.

Kapitan Ramon Kagawad Joey Andrade said the barangay council was informed by the Silay City Accounting Office that the terminal leave pay and other benefits of Ayalin could not be released until he settled unliquidated expenses during his administration.

That is why Ayalin was being asked to liquidate his past expenses, Andrade said.

Gallego said he tried to convince Ayalin to surrender, saying the lives of the members of his family were in danger, and his giving up was needed for peace to be restored.

Senior Supt. Allan Guisihan, Negros Occidental police director, said Ayalin is believed to still be in Silay and the police are scouring the area.

The police have released pictures of Ayalin so the public can report his presence if he is spotted.

The police will peacefully arrest Ayalin, unless he resists arrest, which may force them to respond, Guisihan said.

“The families of the victims are angry and are searching for him, too. I advise them not to make the arrest themselves to avoid any violence, but to inform police if they learn of the whereabouts of Ayalin,” Guisihan said.

He cautioned the relatives of the victims not to take the law into their hands.

THREATS

Ayalin yesterday reportedly was sending threatening messages to Barangay Kapitan Ramon residents.

“Tell them to gather at the terminal and I will go there early if they want a fight,” a text message he allegedly sent to a health worker said.

A source said Ayalin was enjoying the protection of an influential person in Silay.

Josefita Flores, mother of Ayalin, called on her son to surrender and face what he did.

“The only chance for you to live is by giving up to authorities,” she told him over DYEZ Aksyon Radyo.

She asked her son why he killed the barangay officials, saying they, too, have been affected by what he did.

Ayalin’s wife, Helen, said she did not know that her husband was planning to kill the barangay officials. I thought he had already gotten over the fact that the incumbent barangay captain did not sign his leave credits, she said.

Helen has appealed to her husband to surrender.

Guisihan said Ayalin had asked his wife and son to go to Silay city proper early Sunday morning and he would meet them there. They said they did not know that he was planning to kill the Kapitan Ramon officials, Guisihan said.

PROTECTED

The police have secured the family of Ayalin to prevent possible retaliation from angry relatives of the victims.

On Sunday, some relatives of the suspect were chased by kin of the victims. The daughter-in-law of Ayalin who had been chased, had bruises, while his 4-year-old granddaughter had to be rescued by the police, Guisihan said.

Ayalin barged into a barangay council session in Barangay Kapitan Ramon, Silay, Sunday morning and killed SK chair Imee Occeña, 16, and barangay councilors Luzviminda Cotamen, 45, Freddie Juno, 58, and Pedrito Orocio, 52.

OPERATION

Meanwhile, injured Barangay Captain Ramon Celebre, 45, underwent surgery yesterday afternoon for the removal of a bullet from the left side of his chest. Barangay kagawads Salvacion Corugda, 42, and Lenny Leorca, 34, were still confined in Bacolod hospitals.

Corugda underwent surgery at the Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Hospital Sunday and one of her kidneys that was badly damaged by a bullet was removed, former Silay first lady Maridel Gamban said.

Leorca also underwent surgery Sunday as the left side of her stomach was hit by a bullet that also grazed her liver. She was still bleeding and could undergo further surgery, Gamban added.

JUSTICE SOUGHT

Students at the Don Felix T. Lacson Memorial High School in Kapitan Ramon yesterday called for justice for Occeña who was their school paper editor and student government president.

Occeña, who was graduating from high school and was a contender for valedictorian, pleaded for her life but Ayalin shot her in the head.

Her grandfather, Weddy Occeña, 65, told DYEZ Ayalin was “abusive” and had threatened several persons in the barangay before.

He also alleged that Ayalin had been indiscriminately firing his weapon but no one was brave enough to file a complaint against him.*CPG

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