Sunday, April 17, 2011

Reward for Negros barangay hall massacre suspect raised to P500K

After failing for more than a month to locate the suspect, Negros Occidental authorities have raised to P500,000 the reward for information leading to the capture of the suspect in a barangay hall massacre in Silay City on March 6.

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon doubled the reward for Barangay Kapitan Ramon bloodbath suspect Noel Ayalin from P250,000 to P500,000 as police said the search for him has gone nationwide.

This developed as additional charges for multiple frustrated homicide were filed against Ayalin before the Silay City Prosecutor’s Office Friday, the news site Visayan Daily Star reported on Saturday.

Those who survived the bloodbath were Kapitan Ramon Barangay Captain Ramon Celebre, and barangay councilors Salvacion Corugda, 42, and Lenny Leorca, 34.

The survivors were the ones who filed the charges against Ayalin.

On Wednesday, Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, who was in Bacolod City at the time, ordered the police to use all available resources and manpower to arrest Ayalin.

Robredo cited information reaching him that Ayalin, a former barangay captain, may no longer be in Negros Occidental.

Ayalin faces four charges of murder for shooting dead Sangguniang Kabataan chairwoman Imee Occeña, 16; and barangay councilors Luzviminda Cotamen, 45, Freddie Juno, 58, and Pedrito Orocio, 52.

The victims were shot as they were about to start their barangay council session in Kapitan Ramon on March 6.

Negros Occidental police director Chief Superintendent Cipriano Querol Jr. said the search for Ayalin has gone nationwide because they believe he is no longer in Negros.

“We formed five dedicated teams to go after Ayalin but unfortunately he has escaped our dragnet," Querol said.

Querol assured that the search for Ayalin has not stopped even if the court has not issued a warrant for his arrest yet. – VVP, GMA News

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