The family of the former barangay captain of Bacolod who was kidnapped
and murdered in Bacolod City in August 2003, has appealed to the
Office of the President for the speedy solution of his case.
Former Bacolod Rep. John Orola Jr. and his brother Tomas, submitted
an urgent appeal to the office of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
for her personal intervention to attain justice for the brutal killing
of their brother-in-law Eleuterio Salabas, his nephew Maximo Lomoljo
and Ricardo Suganob.
In their letter to the President, copy of which was furnished
the DAILY STAR yesterday, the Orolas said nobody has been arrested
although Guihulngan Regional Trial Court Judge Mario Trinidad had
issued arrest warrants against the 21 accused, 10 of them policemen,
in October 2006 yet. The National Bureau of Investigation has also
been conducting a manhunt to arrest the fugitives but no one has
been arrested, the Orolas said.
They said there seems to be a powerful "unseen hand" working
for the dismissal of the case, which is now under review by the
office of the President.
The Orolas said they were surprised when news broke out last
month about an alleged decision of the Office of the President to
sustain the appeal filed by the lawyer of the four policemen accused
in the kidnapping and murder of Salabas and his companions.
The reports pre-empted the government action on the matter,
The 10 accused are Chief Inspectors Clarence Dongail and Jimmy
Fortaleza, Senior Inspectors Jonathan Lorilla and Bonifer Gotas,
SPO2 Freddie Natividad, SPO1 Nelson Grijaldo, Police Officers 2
Dennis Belandres and Ruel Villacanas and Allen Winston Hulleza and
PO1 Bernardo Cimatu.
The civilians accused are businessman Manolo Escalante, Ronnie
Herrera, July Flores alias Kirhat dela Rosa, Carlo de los Santos
alias "Caloy", Lorraine Abay alias Lulu, Mamerto, Elma and Elson
all surnamed Caņete, Jude Montilla and Ramonito Estanislao.*DMG
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