Guv urges authorities to solve Arles slay-A A +A
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. urged the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the police task force investigating the slay case of Kabankalan Regional Trial Court Judge Henry Arles to exert extra effort in solving the crime.
Marañon said that he does not want another unsolved crime to be added to the list of unresolved killings in the province.
He recalled the shooting death of four barangay officials in the Kapitan Ramon by a former barangay captain, which remains unresolved with the suspect still at large.
Suspect ex-barangay chairman Noel Ayalin continues to elude arrest for more than one year since he committed the crime on March 6, 2011. The Provincial Government has offered a P250,000 reward for his arrest.
Another unresolved case in the province was the massacre of four elderly members of a family in Sagay City by a City Government employee. The suspect also remains at large.
In the Arles case, the NBI is focusing its investigation on the angle that an influential family in southern Negros Occidental commissioned hired killers to execute the judge on his way home to Ilog from his office at the RTC Kabankalan.
Meanwhile, Senior Supt. Allan Guisihan has formed Task Force Arles to investigate the case but admitted that the progress of the investigation is slow because witnesses seem reluctant to surface.
Guisihan said investigators eye five suspects involved in the ambush slay of Arles: two lookouts, one of them a woman who conducted the surveillance on Arles, and three others who tailed the judge onboard a tricycle.
The family of the slain judge already deposited P1 million in a separate bank account as reward money for those who can provide information that would lead to the arrest of the suspects and the mastermind in the killing.
This on top of the P200,000 reward money offered by the Philippine Judges Foundation.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 13, 2012.