‘Armed and dangerous’
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
The sooner the Silay Police get their quarry in the abominable massacre of officials of Barangay Kapitan Ramon in the city, the sooner normalcy will return, not only to its stunned residents, and to the entire city as well.
The Monday shocker that resulted in the senseless deaths of four members of the barangay council, and the wounding of three others, perpetrated by a former barangay captain, can only attain some form of closure with the capture of the man, who even has the temerity to challenge law enforcers to get him.
His boast seems to have some basis, because, up to late yesterday, more than 24 hours after the despicable deed, he has not been located yet, despite the fact that officials have expressed the belief that he is still in the city.
There are speculations that the gunman, who has apparently become emotionally and mentally disturbed because he was being pressed to account for some P1.2 million in funds disbursed during his term, could be hiding under the protection of politicians with whom he was affiliated in the last election. This, however, seems farfetched, since no politician in his right mind would expose himself to the humiliation and condemnation that could result if he were to be found protecting and harboring a criminal responsible for a very dastardly and inexcusable crime.
But those who fear that more trouble could ensue in Kapitan Ramon are right. So long as the culprit remains at large, and continues to possess the weapon he had used in Monday’s shooting spree, barangay folk cannot let down their guard. “Armed and dangerous,” the term used by a police officer to describe him is most appropriate, and the people know this.
And if this case is beyond the capacity of local law enforcers to solve, other agencies of the government should be called in, if only to ease the tension in the area. What happened is no ordinary grudge fight, with only two persons involved. Four lives have been snuffed out needlessly, among them that of a young and promising student. Let the full force of law be felt, and let the guilty answer for this unspeakable crime.*