Ka­gawad, wife shot in Abra

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Sun*Star Re­porter Jonathan Llanes

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.

Photo by Milo Brioso

RE­HA­BIL­I­TA­TION. Work­ers dig out soil for the drainage sys­tem around the skating rink in Burn­ham Park in time for the rainy sea­son.

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