Politics behind village official slaughter, says Samar congressional aspirant

Calbayog City, Samar – A congressional candidate in the 1st District of Samar strongly believes that the killing of a village official in this city has no other reason but politics. 

Samar 1st District Congressional candidate Monmon Uy (right) and SP Member Alan Diomangay answer questions from media relative to series of election violence in Calbayog City, Samar.

Monmon Uy (NP), a perceived strong contender in the congressional race in the 1st District of Samar, in a media conference, said that the killing of Lopez Pedriza, a barangay councilor in Brgy. Carayman of this city was politically motivated. “The bullets were really intended for Lopez as he was an active political leader in our barangay,” he said in dialect. Uy is also a registered voter in the said barangay but he said he has not stayed in his place for a long time due to threats to his life. 

Lopez was shot to death in close range by two men riding in tandem while he was also driving a motorcycle. He was declared dead on the spot while his nephew, Jeric Ybañez, sustained a gunshot wound in his shoulder and is still recuperating in an undisclosed hospital. 

The victim was identified to be supporter of Uy who is running against the brother of DILG Secretary Mel Sarmento. Uy used to be an ally of the Sarmentos in previous elections. He is now running under the Nationalist People’s Coalition, the same party of incumbent Samar Governor Ann Tan. 

The family of the victim alleged that the Philippine National Police is not doing much in solving the political crimes in the city. “I am afraid that the authorities are being used to advance the political interest of our rivals,” Uy lamented. 

Meanwhile, the regional leadership of PNP said that they are still trying to determine the motive of the killing. Chief Superintendent Jose Erwin Villacorte claimed that he already ordered a manhunt operation on the suspects. 

Provincial Board Member Alan Diomagay said that he is sad and at the same time furious on the series of shooting incidents in the city resulting to deaths on individuals connected to political groups in the province. “When killing happens, it’s not the political parties that are at stake but the people of Calbayog who are at stake,” he stressed. He emphasized that these elections are just passing and we just need to let the people decide rather than instilling a culture of fear. 

Uy’s camp downplayed the claim of PNP that land disputes are the main cause of the spate of killings in Calbayog and in some parts of Samar. “There are no land disputes here and the victims do not even own lands,” Uy said. 

Diomangay said that Calbayog should be put under COMELEC control since the area had been considered a hot spot this coming elections. PNP recorded 26 killings in the city since January, this year. Since 2013, 85 shooting incidents were reported by PNP.
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