The Silay Sangguniang Panlungsod yesterday afternoon passed a resolution declaring 16 days of mourning starting yesterday for the victims of the bloodbath in Barangay Kapitan Ramon, Silay City.
SK chair Imee Occeña, 16, and barangay councilors Luzviminda Cotamen, 45, Freddie Juno, 58, and Pedrito Orocio, 52, died Sunday when former barangay captain Noel Ayalin shot them as they were about to start their council meeting.
Injured were Barangay Captain Ramon Celebre, and barangay councilors Salvacion Corugda, 42, and Lenny Leorca, 34.
Silay City Administrator Ignacio Salmingo yesterday said Kapitan Ramon number one councilor Noel Estanislao has assumed the post of acting barangay captain pursuant to Section 46 of the Local Government Code.
Councilor Marie June Castro, chair of the Silay SP Committee on Human Rights, said the 16 days of mourning represent the age of the SK chair who pleaded for her life but was shot between the eyes by Ayalin.
The Silay SP also passed resolutions condemning the bloodbath and calling for the immediate arrest of the assailant, she added.
Other resolutions passed were to express condolences to the families of the victims, urging others to take a stand to say no to violence, calling for justice for the victims, and urging officials to take precautions to prevent similar incidents from happening, she added.
Castro, and Silay Councilors Daryl Hinolan, Michael Thomas Velez, Aileen Javier, and Daniel Segario III yesterday morning also issued a statement condemning the massacre and expressing their anger over the violent act that they said not only snuffed the life of local officials but shook the sense of peace and security of residents of Kapitan Ramon and Silay City.
The councilors, in their joint statement, said they condole with the families of victims and pray for all of them and for the speedy recovery of the three wounded.
“We also asks other people in and out of Negros to offer masses and prayers for the victims and their families, and call on local and national law enforcement agencies to effect the immediate arrest of Ayalin,” the statement said.
They also appealed to President Benigno Aquino to help them attain justice for the victims of Sunday’s massacre, and for Silay to attain lasting peace.
The statement also urges other groups to issue statements saying no to violence and calling for justice for the victims.
“We are also asking the grieving families of the victims not to take the law in his hands,” it said.*CPG