Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday raised the reward for the arrest of a former barangay captain allegedly responsible for a bloodbath that left four barangay officials dead and three others injured in Kapitan Ramon, Silay City.
Marañon increased the reward for Noel Ayalin, former barangay captain of Kapitan Ramon, to P250,000 from P100,000.
Marañon said the offer of the P250,000 reward will be good for a week.
The governor also said he hopes the increased reward will expedite the capture of Ayalin, but also expressed fears that he may have left Negros already.
Marañon and Senior Supt. Allan Guisihan, Negros Occidental police director, yesterday warned those who may be providing refuge to Ayalin that they can be charged for harboring a person charged for murder.
Guisihan said there is no truth to reports that a prominent resident of Talisay is providing refuge to Ayalin and that he has joined up with the New People’s Army.
The information the police have is that Ayalin has joined up with the remnants of the Otso Oros gang, Guisihan said, adding that they believe he is still in the Silay area.
He called on members of the NPA and the Revolutionary Proletarian Army, as well as all sectors, to help the police in the search for Ayalin.
Guisihan also welcomed the increase in reward offered by the governor for the arrest of Ayalin to P250,000, which hopefully will hasten his capture, he said.
On Friday afternoon, the police filed charges of four counts of multiple murder before the Silay City Prosecutor's Office against Ayalin for the March 6 shooting that claimed the lives of Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson Imee Occeña, 16, and barangay councilors Luzviminda Cotamen, 45, Freddie Juno, 58, and Pedrito Orocio, 52, said Supt. Remus Zacharias Canieso, assistant provincial director for operations of the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office.
Ayalin also faces charges for one count of attempted murder for shooting at Joefrey Latorgo, executive officer of the Kapitan Ramon barangay. The suspect had fired at Latorgo but the latter was not hit.
Canieso said they were preparing three frustrated murder charges against Ayalin for injuring Kapitan Ramon Barangay Captain Ramon Celebre and barangay councilors Salvacion Corugda, 42, and Lenny Leorca, 34.
The police were gathering the medical records of the injured so they could file the frustrated murder charges, Canieso said.*CPG