Friday, July 1, 2016

Isabela folk ‘living in fear' after assassination: mayor

From the Visayan Daily Star (Jul 1): Isabela folk ‘living in fear' after assassination: mayor
Mayor Enrique Montilla III yesterday said that the people of Isabela are now “living in fear”, because of the assassination of Councilor Crispin Posadas on Wednesday, and children and other witnesses to the incident are traumatized.

Montilla called on military and police officials to speed up his request for augmentation forces, in the wake of the killing of Posadas, who was on his third term as councilor of Isabela, when he was killed.

The Leonardo Panaligan Command of the New People's Army has claimed responsibility for the death of Posadas, whom it accused to be a military intelligence asset, among others.

Condemning in the strongest terms the murder of Posadas by the NPA, Montilla assured his fellow Isabeleños that “We are on top of the situation. Rest assured that we are doing everything to address the situation.”

During the election period, two barangay captains allied with Montilla were also harassed and warned by the NPA not to return to their respective barangays.

Posadas was also an ally of Montilla, who said the people of Isabela condoles with his family. "We grieve for the loss of a good man, a dedicated public servant". Montilla said.

In previous months, the Isabela police force got augmentation from the Negros Occidental Police Public Safety Company and Regional Public Safety Battalion 18.

Posadas was on his way home, on board his motorcycle, when he was shot by two of three suspects, who finished him off with a shot to the head.

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