Mayor offers P50T for information on councilor’s killer-A A +A
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
POLICE are looking into different angles in the killing of outgoing town councilor Joaquin Banosong in Argao, Cebu, as the town mayor offers a P50,000 reward for the capture of his assailants.
The victim is said to have no known enemies and was considered by family and constituents as a “good man.”
Argao Mayor Edsel Galeos offered the money to whoever can give details that will lead to the arrest of the two gunmen.
Senior Supt. Patrocinio Comendador, head of Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO), will form a task force to speed up the resolution of the case.
Banosong, 64, was gunned down by two men on a motorcycle outside a public market in Barangay Lamacan, Argao at 5 p.m. last Saturday.
He was boarding his gray Hyundai Starex van that time.
An autopsy report showed the three-termer councilor sustained fatal gunshot wounds in his left temple and neck.
Dr. Nestor Sator of PNP 7 Regional Crime Laboratory said the bullet that hit Banosong in his left temple exited above his neck.
The bullet in left neck went through the other side just above the right ear.
Sator said the gunman opened fire at close-range as shown by the powder burns in Banosong’s left face.
SPO4 Esteban Albuera, deputy chief of Argao Police Station, said they are
investigating a man in Barangay Canbanua who could have been frustrated after failing to pay a debt to Banosong.
Aside from owning a farm, the councilor was also engaged in lending business.
Albuera said the borrower failed to pay until the amount grew bigger because of interest and gave Banosong instead the land title.
The town councilor’s wife said her family is not discounting the possibility that someone envied Banosong, who was supposed to become Galeos’ consultant after his term ends on June 30.
“Maybe, someone wanted the position because of power,” said Cesaria, 64.
In an radio interview over DYSS, Galeos said he would appoint Banosong as consultant to oversee the town’s traffic, peace and order situation.
Last week, the councilor and some personnel went to the Land Transportation Office in Carcar City for a training.
When asked what he thought of Banosong, the mayor said he was a good man.
“Kugihan kaayo ‘to. Maayo pud kaistorya (He was hardworking and easy to deal with),” Galeos said.
The mayor ruled out politics in the incident. The councilor was on his last term under the Liberal Party (LP).
The police are also investigating an ex-convict who was one of Banosong’s helpers.
Albuera said the helper got irked at Banosong when he was reprimanded for going wild last week.
Sun.Star Cebu withheld the helper’s name until he is arrested or formally charged.
The helper tried to hack another of Banosong’s helpers for refusing to drink coconut wine. He left the house and didn’t come back.
Albuera said the helper was charged with murder and spent his jail time in New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City in 2002.
Albuera said they went to the helper’s house in Barangay Tiguib but the the suspect’s brother said he left for Manila last Saturday.
“Considering what he went through and his background, he has the capacity to do the crime,” the police official said.
The police believed the suspects were gun-for-hire because they were not scared of pulling off the crime in broad daylight.
Witnesses told police the suspects were dark-skinned and have small build.
The gunman was wearing a checkered shirt. His companion was waiting on the motorcycle 20 meters away from the crime scene.
After the attack, Albuera said they called their neighboring police stations to set up road blocks.
Three empty shells and slugs of .45 pistol and a holster were recovered by police in the area.
Flowers were placed at the crime scene yesterday.
Cesaria, during the interview, recalled she was busy attending to her students in Talaga Elementary School during the opening of classes when she received the news. She is a grade three teacher.
Cesaria said she was supposed to be fetched by her husband after the councilor bought food in the market.
“Karon wala nako’y kuyog pirmi. Ako nalang usa ani (I’m alone now),” she said.
Cesaria said her husband came from Subic last Thursday, where he attended the Philippine Councilors League.
She said Banosong planned to run as an independent vice mayor last election but changed his mind.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 05, 2013.