Barangay Captain Ramon Celebre, one of the survivors in the recent bloodbath in Brgy. Kapitan Ramon, Silay City, Negros Occidental, said yesterday that murder suspect Noel Ayalin could have been arrested, if the personnel of a military detachment in the place, had responded immediately to the shooting incident on March 6.
Celebre, who had sought for security from Senior Supt. Allan Guisihan, Negros Occidental police director, because of threats on his life, said his cousins reported the incident immediately to the nearest military detachment.
He, however, said they were told by the occupants of the CAFGU detachment that they were still waiting for further advice from their immediate superiors, before any troop deployment.
Col. Jonas Sumagaysay, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, however, said the shooting incident was acted upon by CAFGU members, who relayed it to the police.
Sumagaysay said he even commended the judgment call of the CAFGU personnel to verify first the incident, and later linking up with the police in the joint operations against the fleeing Ayalin.
He also said the government militiamen wanted to preserve the crime scene and evidences, by letting the police o do their job first, according to the rules and regulations of the Philippine National Police.
Lt. Col. Isabelo de los Reyes, 303rd IB Civil Military Operations officer, said there were many instances when government troopers had been ambushed, while responding to a reported incident, without verifying it first.
Celebre told Aksyon Radyo that he will relay his sentiments to Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and ask for the possible deployment of policemen in the barangay, to secure them.
An outpost of the police Public Safety Maneuver Platoon is also stationed at Aidsisa in Silay City, which is about four kilometers from Kapitan Ramon barangay proper.
Celebre, barangay kagawad Salvacion Corugda and barangay treasurer Lenny Leorca, survived the shooting spree of Ayalin on March 6. However, four other kagawads, Luzviminda Cotamen, Freddie Juno, Pedrito Orocio and Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson Imee Occeña,16, died on the spot.
Ayalin, who had lost to Celebre in last year’s SK and barangay elections, reportedly got mad, when his benefits were withheld, pending settlement of unliquidated expenses during his administration.
Guisihan said police mobile group troopers are still deployed at the Kapitan Ramon barangay hall, to ensure peace and order in the place.
The immediate family members of Ayalin left their residence in the barangay after the incident, for fear of being harassed by the families of his victims
Marañon has increased the reward for the capture of Ayalin to P250,000, from P100,000.*GPB