Ba­colod of­fi­cials con­demn killing of Li­gaya

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY MERLINDA A. PEDROSA

BA­COLOD City Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia or­dered the po­lice to im­ple­ment mea­sures and solve the killing of Barangay 16 chief Nel­son Li­gaya Jr.

Leonar­dia said yes­ter­day they were shocked and were con­cerned on what hap­pened to Li­gaya.

He said he al­ready talked to Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Fran­cisco Ebreo, act­ing direc­tor Ba­colod City Po­lice Of­fice (BCPO), but as of yes­ter­day, they can­not give a lead or iden­tity of the sus­pects.

“They al­ready cre­ated a Task Force Li­gaya to has­ten or fast-track the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and hope­fully, as soon as it will be fin­ished, we can share it to the pub­lic. I con­dole to the Li­gaya fam­ily and the con­stituents of Barangay 16,” he added.

On Satur­day night, Li­gaya was shot dead by four uniden­ti­fied as­sailants on two mo­tor­cy­cles in front of his store at Barangay 16.

The gun­man and the mo­tor­cy­cle driver who were both wear­ing face masks then es­caped.

An­other mo­tor­cy­cle was seen at the cor­ner of the street with two other men who were also wear­ing face masks and served as a look­out. They also fired shots to pos­si­bly di­vert the at­ten­tion of the peo­ple nearby.

The BCPO ear­lier dis­missed re­ports that Li­gaya was the vil­lage chief in­volved in il­le­gal drugs, as re­vealed by Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte when he vis­ited the city dur­ing the 39th Masskara Fes­ti­val in Oc­to­ber.

Leonar­dia said that ev­ery­thing is just a spec­u­la­tion.

He said that even the Dan­ger­ous Drugs Board (DDB) and Philip­pine Drug En­force­ment Agency (PDEA) did not give the name of the vil­lage chief who was men­tioned by the Pres­i­dent.

“The po­lice should be more vig­i­lant and to strictly en­force the rid­ing-in-tan­dem or­di­nance. We should have that fo­cus to avoid sim­i­lar in­ci­dents and we should have more check­points to ar­rest the sus­pects,” he added.

The mayor pointed out that the BCPO should im­ple­ment mea­sures to avoid sim­i­lar in­ci­dents.

Mean­while, the City Coun­cil also ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion con­demn­ing the killing of Li­gaya Jr. and call­ing the BCPO to strictly en­force the bon­net and rid­ing-in-tan­dem or­di­nances.

The res­o­lu­tion, au­thored by Coun­cilor Renecito Novero, was ap­proved dur­ing the reg­u­lar ses­sion yes­ter­day.*

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