TAGBILARAN CITY – The holding of the peaceful and orderly election next year is very much hoped for but the question if there’ll be poll-related violence due to intense rivalry in some areas may not be ruled out, according to some candidates in separate interviews but they requested anonymity.
This surfaced following the shooting incident in Tubigon town the other day, where victim one Engr. Emelando Petalcorin Torregosa, 73, married and a resident of barangay Centro of this town was gunned down fatally by still unknown riding-in-tandem at past 10 pm, Nov. 23, 2015.
The victim sustained three gunshot wounds on different parts of his body that may have caused his death. He was with Engr. Modesta Mero Centillas, the municipal engineer of Buenavista town; Jojo Mero, a Liberal Party bet for councilor of Buenavista; and Roseller Bañez, a standard bearer for mayor also in Buenavista, Bohol. But Centillas, according to police spot report, was reassigned as market administrator. Banez believed that the killing was politically motivated and “personal grudges,” police report said.
Bohol News Today also received unconfirmed reports that multi-million illegal drugs trade, which could be raised as among the serious issues to be tackled by candidates in the campaign, may have played a role in the coming elections.
This is aside from the campaign of the underground movement to allegedly extort money from candidates by way ‘permit-to-campaign fees’ to be imposed to candidates as expected by law enforcers. But law enforcers and Camp Dagohoy police force reminded the candidates not to be swayed these extortion racket.
Recently, a municipal mayor said in interview that there’ll be the so-called hot spots in some towns with intense rivalry in local politics. The mayor, whose identity is withheld, said that even the town he leads could be considered to be a hot spot because of heated rivalry.
Police authorities said recently that the hot spot tag in some noted towns where rivalries were so extreme would not be ruled out outright considering their histories.
The said mayor still pins hope that the coming elections would be peaceful, clean and orderly.
PNP provincial office led by Col Dennis Agustin earlier has bared that there are gun-for-hire groups that are responsible of past killings of officials and private individuals.
Agustin identified the Vistal group led by a certain Tomas Vistal. Vistal group is operating in the towns of Inabanga, Buenavista, and Clarin.
Police said that it is liable for the murder of barangay Kagawad Randolf Jumamoy on May 16, 2013 in barangau Ilaud, Inabanga, Bohol and killimgs the past elections. Warrants of arrest of group members are still pending.
Another group is known as Suello group since it is reportedly led by a certain Dario Suello, operating in the towns of Buenavista, Danao, Getafe and Talibon.
Police said Suello group is responsible of the killing of SP02 Noel Romagos in Danao town. Like Vistal group, Suello and renegades have pending warrants of their arrest, police said.
It was not immediately known whether Provincial Peace and Order Council meeting would be convened today during the HEAT-IT caravan in Calape, Bohol. (rvo)