AyalinFormer barangay chairman Noel Ayalin, alias “Kalbo,” is escorted by armed BJMP guards, to the promulgation of his case.*(Gilbert Bayoran photo)

Former brgy head gets
220 years for massacre

A former barangay captain was meted 220 years of imprisonment yesterday for the massacre of barangay officials in Brgy. Kapitan Ramon, Silay City, four years ago.

Noel Ayalin was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt yesterday by Judge Felipe Banzon of four counts of qualified direct assault with murder, and three counts for qualified assault for frustrated murder.

The massacre of Kapitan Ramon barangay officials on March 6, 2011, perpetrated by Ayalin, claimed the lives of Kagawads Luzminda Cotamen, Pedrito Orocio, Freddie Juno and Sangguniang Kabataan chairwoman Imee Occena. Those who injured, but survived the shooting rampage of Ayalin, were barangay chairman Ramon Celebre, Kagawad Salvacion Corugda and Brgy. Treasurer Leni Llorca. moremoremore

Victims’ kin finally
obtain justice

Justice has finally been attained by the victims and survivors of the massacre in Silay City, Negros Occidental, with the conviction yesterday of former barangay chairman Noel Ayalin for the killing of four barangay officials and causing injuries to three others in 2011.

Armando Occena, father of the slain chairwoman Imee Occena of the Kapitan Ramon Sangguniang Kabataan, and massacre survivor, Salvacion Corugda, yesterday welcomed the decision of Silay Regional Trial Court Judge Felipe Banzon, who sentenced Ayalin to a total of 220 years of imprisonment.

Occena, however, said that no amount of court decisions could pay for what Ayalin had done to them, especially to his 16-year-old daughter, who was pleading for her life, when she was gunned down inside the Kapitan Ramon barangay hall on March 6, 2011.moremoremore

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Comelec anticipates
SK polls postponement

MANILA – The Commission on Elections stopped all of its public biddings in anticipation of another postponement of the Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

Acting Comelec Chairman Christian Robert Lim said yesterday that preparations for the youth polls have been withheld as they are just waiting for the bill postponing the electoral exercises to become a law.

He noted that the measure, which was received by Malacanang March 4, is just awaiting the signature of President Benigno Aquino III. “We stopped our biddings because we don’t want to incur additional expenses,” Lim said.moremoremore