FORMER Silay City village chief Noel Ayalin will appear today (June 9) before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 69 in Silay City for his arraignment on four counts of direct assault with murder and three counts of qualified direct assault with frustrated murder.

Ayalin will be escorted by personnel of Metro Bacolod District Jail (MBDJ) to secure his safety, Chief Inspector Larry Fuentes said on Sunday.

Last month, Ayalin pleaded guilty on two counts of attempted homicide during his arraignment before the Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) Branch 37 also in Silay City.

He was sentenced to serve three months to one year and six months of imprisonment for these cases.

Ayalin’s succeeding arraignment for murder and frustrated murder was rescheduled today because he didn’t have a lawyer yet for these cases when the arraignment was first scheduled.

RTC Branch 69 Judge Felipe Banzon assigned PAO lawyer Danilo Pabalinas to handle Ayalin’s murder cases.

Ayalin, who once served as barangay chairman of Kapitan Ramon, Silay City, has not been granted bail on four counts of direct assault with murder.

The three counts of qualified direct assault with frustrated murder has a bail of P200,000 each.

Named by the police as Western Visayas’ most wanted criminal, Ayalin was arrested on May 15 at Purok 2, Barangay Palanginan, Iba, Zambales.

In March 2011, he killed in a shooting spree four village officials, and injured four others.

Village chief Ramon Celebre, Ayalin’s successor, was among those injured when Ayalin fired at them while they were conducting a session. (MAP)