Kagawad, wife shot in Abra
DESPITE the implementation of the nationwide gun ban starting April 14 for the upcoming Barangay and SK elections, a shooting incident transpired in the province of Abra.
Based on a report coming from the Pidigan, Abra Municipal Police Station, a call was received by their Station coming from a concerned citizen in the afternoon of April 15 of an alleged shooting incident in Sitio Banay, Barangay Monggoc.
The victims were identified as Barangay Immuli Kagawad Victor Dela Cruz Pisco, his wife, village chief Elida Sales Pisco and sister Myrna Pisco - Vasquez, who were shot by still unidentified suspects.
Initial investigation disclosed the victims were on board a blue elf-truck while traversing the Pidigan-Pilar provincial road going to Brgy. Immuli when they were shot by unidentified motorcycle riding suspects who overtook and shot them before fleeing.
The kagawad was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician of the Abra Provincial Hospital, while the two victims are under observation.
Personnel of the Abra Provincial Crime Laboratory Office were able to recover two spent shells from a cal. 45 pistol while an investigation is still ongoing.
Meanwhile, the Commission on Elections in the Region have noted a low turnout of prospective candidates for the Sanguniang Kabataan during the first day of filing of candidacy.
Comelec – Cordillera regional director Julius Torres noted despite the abundance of prospective candidates in the barangay position, the region saw a minimal number in the SK position.
"This is what is saddening because based on our data for the first day of filing of candidacy for the Sanguniang Kabataan, we only had a few who filed and we do not know the reason why. For Baguio City alone, there were only around nine who filed for the SK Chairman and five to six for SK Kagawads, and same true with other municipalities," Torres stressed.
The Comelec however is hopeful this would not be an indication of their non-participation or lack of interest of the youth in the coming electoral process.
"Hopefully their interest would pickup since we still have until April 20 for the filing of their candidacies," Torres explained.
Torres said for the barangay elective posts, close to 400 candidates have filed their candidacy in Baguio City, while 1,300 have filed other parts of the.
We are hoping that the prospective candidates would continue to show a good response in filing to be processed faster by our commission," added Torres.
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