Arrest of Sara mayor a hoax
By: Florence F. Hibionada
TALKS spread like wildfire yesterday afternoon on the supposed arrest of Sara Mayor Neptali “Tali” Salcedo.
From one media outlet to another, a “silent” query and request for confirmation was made. Even The Daily Guardian (TDG) joined in the hunt for confirmation.
With no accompanying specifics, information was relayed on Mayor Salcedo’s purported arrest as local reporters “scrambled” for any validation. Yet minutes into the report, TDG was told by a Capitol official that the mayor is in Manila and the arrest info is a hoax.
Incidentally, a query was also sent to the mayor’s daughter, Iloilo Board Member Jeneda Salcedo Orendain.
To note, controversy currently hounds Mayor Salcedo with talks ripe on a concerted move to discredit him. “Forces” from the office and camp of Fifth District Representative Niel Tupas Jr. are believed to be behind the “oust/arrest Salcedo” plan.
The anti-Salcedo plot has further thickened with the order to impose a gun ban in Northern Iloilo towns with the exception of the solon’s hometown and two other towns.
Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. is objecting the gun ban and the manner it was forced for implementation.
“State of lawlessness” was the public justification but this was dismissed by the governor as rubbish.
TDG obtained a copy of the latest summed-up incidents in the province with the figures affecting peace and order situation here far from the “lawlessness” state.
Of the five districts in Iloilo, biggest in reported incidents is the Third District with 242 covering the months of April, May and June. In comparison to the current scenario, the figure is way down at 65 reported incidents.
The Fifth District or Northern Iloilo where the gun ban is pushed has 83 recorded incidents in April, May and June 2010 as officially reported to the Iloilo Provincial Police Office (IPPO). Current figure is at 66 with 37 of said reported incidents considered “cleared crimes” by the IPPO and 26 “solved crimes.”
The IPPO report dubbed as “Recapitulation of Reported Incidents in Iloilo Province” was signed by S/Supt. Gil Lebin Jr., IPPO director.