PR | Posted on Dec. 15 at 3:00p.m.

Central Visayas police director Brigadier General Val de Leon on Sunday ordered the Negros Oriental police to stop the senseless killings after another village chief and his nephew were killed in an ambush on Saturday night in Barangay Kalamtukan, Bayawan City.

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Incumbent Kalamtukan village chief Johnny Semillano Condez, 47, and Danny Marata Jr., 16, died instantly after gunmen opened fired on them on top of a hill at around 7:30 p.m. in the sub-village of Candollon.

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Danny Marata Sr., Danny’s father, was wounded but he together with Edilito Magbanua were able to survive the ambush and ran towards the sugarcane field.

“Initial investigation showed that the nature of these killings was family feud. Magkakamag-anak na nagpapatayan. Dapat matigil ito. That is why I’m ordering the provincial director to intervene and stop these senseless killings,” de Leon said.

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Provincial police chief Colonel Julian Entoma confirmed the death were due to family feud.

“Actually, the village chief was primary suspect in a double-murder case against his own relatives. In fact, a search warrant was already being sought against him on information that he was in possession of unlicensed firearms,” Entoma said.

Entoma declined to give more details so as not to preempt the ongoing operations against Condez and Marata’s killers.

Investigators said Condez’s convoy went to the hill on board a government-issued rescue vehicle and two motorcycles for a mobile phone signal.

“Upon reaching at the place…Condez disembarked from the vehicle without knowing that the perpetrators were in the area. According to the witnesses bursts of gunfire ensued hitting (him), Danny Sr. (and his son),” the police said.

“…while the perpetrators whom they (victims) have known well escaped to evade the responding (police),” it added.

Investigator Chief Master Sergeant Archer Birjes said he found out that the victims also sustained hack wounds.

Recovered from the crime scene were 15 empty shells of M16 riffle; 2 live ammo of 12 gauge shotgun; an empty shell of 12 gauge shotgun; 4 empty shells of caliber .45; 3 empty shells of cal. 9mm Luger; a magazine of M16 with 30 rounds of live ammo; and a live ammo for cal. 45.

“I have deployed, on orders of our regional director, 6 tracker teams to go after the killers and bring them to justice,” Entoma said.

Meanwhile, de Leon also encourages the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to conduct their own probe into the case of Condez.

“The police is more than willing to cooperate with CHR only to end senseless killings in Negros Oriental. Promoting peace and order is a whole of nation approach,” de Leon said.

“I’m appealing to all peace-loving and peace-promoting citizens of Bayawan City and the entire province as well to help the government in anti-criminality efforts,” Entoma, for his part, said.

By Bohol Island News

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