Police gathering evidence in Isabela councilor’s slay

POLICE investigators are gathering statements from potential witnesses in the death of Councilor Crispin Posadas Jr. of Isabela, Negros Occidental who was gunned down in the town’s public market Wednesday.

Senior Superintendent William Señoron, acting director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said they have yet to establish the motive on the killing of Posadas.

Even if the New People’s Army had already claim responsibility on the assassination of the town official, Señoron said the police will continue to investigate to identify the suspects and to file a case.

The NPA claimed that the victim was sentenced to death by the so-called People’s Court after he was found guilty of his crimes.

The rebels alleged that the councilor was involved in illegal activities, including cattle rustling and drugs deals, and also accused him of being an active asset of the military.

However, the police said there were no records that showed Posadas’ involvement in illegal activities.

Meanwhile, Isabela Mayor Enrique Montilla III condemned the killing of Posadas.

“We grieve for the loss of a good man and a dedicated public servant,” he said in a statement.

Due to the killing, town residents are living in fear especially those who were in the area when the incident happened, he added.

The mayor assured his constituents that authorities are on top of the situation.

“Rest assured we are doing everything to address the situation,” he added.

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