BACOLOD City – A group of protesters asked President Rodrigo Duterte at a rally held at the city public plaza on Sept 1, 2018 to look into the series of killings in Negros Occidental and the alleged injustice committed by a mayor.
Task Force Kasanag (TFK)–Negros head Edsel Vaflor spearheaded the protest action they dubbed as a rally for peace and justice. Representatives from different TFK chapters in the province joined the rally.
Valfor told reporters that while they spearheaded the rally, the families and victims of alleged injustices joined and brought placards to air their sentiments.
One rallyist carried a placard saying, “President Duterte, ginahanyo namun sa imo nga talupangdon ang ginhimo nga inhustisya sang isa ka Mayor” (President Duterte, we are asking you to give attention to the injustice done by a mayor).
Vaflor cited the recent killings in the towns of Isabela and Moises Padilla.
In a span of three weeks, an incumbent village chief, a former barangay kapitan, a habal-habal driver, and a civil security of a mayor in Central Negros were gunned down.
He said the mayor is also allegedly behind the trumped charges against Moises Padilla Vice Mayor Ella Garcia and her husband.
The couple was charged with illegal possession of explosive, which they claimed to be planted.
They were also charged for illegal possession of illegal drugs, which turned out to be fake after tests done by the PNP laboratory.
Aside from the couple, the mayor is also allegedly behind the trumped charges against SPO1 Joshua Barile and former Negros Occcidental Provincial Police Director William Señoron, Vaflor said.
Vaflor added that the mayor is allegedly behind the death of former Isabela town mayor and provincial board member, Renato Malabor in 2015.
The animosities between the mayor, whose identity Vaflor withheld, and the New People’s Army (NPA) placed the people of Isabela and Moises Padilla in the crossfire.
Vaflor He also cited the motorcycle-riding gunmen who killed lawyer Rafael Atutubo.
These killings remain unsolved until now, he lamented.