Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said he is giving the police three days to arrest the former barangay captain who, on Sunday, killed four Kapitan Ramon, Silay, officials and injured three others.
The governor said he is giving the police until Friday after which a reward may be offered and the help of other law enforcement agencies, like the National Bureau of investigation, will be sought to augment the search for Noel Ayalin.
The governor said he will discuss the offer of a reward for the arrest of the suspect with Senior Supt. Allan Guisihan, Negros Occidental police director.
Guisihan said the reward being put up by the governor will hasten the arrest of Ayalin. In fact he was also mulling the idea of asking the Department of Interior and Local Government to put up a reward for Ayalin, Guisihan said.
The governor said he is also calling on all Negrenses who may have information on the whereabouts of Ayalin to immediately report it to the police so he can be arrested.
Marañon and Guisihan also said the allegation that an influential person in Silay City was providing refuge to Ayalin will have to be verified.
Supt. Armando Tobungbanua, head of the police task force searching for Ayalin, said they believe the former barangay captain is still in the Silay area.
Guisihan said there was a report that Ayalin was in Barangay Rizal, but when the police went to the area it proved to be negative.
Kapitan Ramon residents have expressed fear that Ayalin might return to their barangay and cause further bloodshed.
“He is armed and dangerous,” Guisihan had said earlier.
Tobungbanua assured that two teams of police have been assigned to Kapitan Ramon to secure the area.
Ayalin has reportedly been sending threatening text messages to residents of the area, and it is feared that angry relatives of the victims may take retaliatory acts against the former barangay captain’s kin.
Marañon appealed to Kapitan Ramon residents not to take the law into their hands.
On Sunday morning, Ayalin barged in as a barangay council session was about to begin in Barangay Kapitan Ramon, Silay, and killed SK chair Imee Occeña, 16, and barangay councilors Luzviminda Cotamen, 45, Freddie Juno, 58, and Pedrito Orocio, 52.
Injured were Barangay Captain Ramon Celebre, and barangay councilors Salvacion Corugda, 42, and Lenny Leorca, 34.
The governor yesterday said that sessions of barangay, town, and city councils should be open to the public, but when sensitive matters are taken up precautionary measures should be taken.
Meanwhile, Silay City Administrator Ignacio Salmingo yesterday furnished the DAILY STAR a copy of a 2007 Sangguniang Panlungsod resolution authorizing Mayor Jose Montelibano to donate firearms to the Silay police.
He said firearms were donated to the police, and were not released to the Silay barangay captains as alleged, amid reports that the firearm used by Ayalin came from the mayor’s office. Montelibano has denied the claim.*CPG