Joson supporter, 2 others shot dead in Nueva Ecija

By Anselmo Roque
Central Luzon Desk
Last updated 03:17pm (Mla time) 07/01/2007

QUEZON, Nueva Ecija — A local village chairman, a former jail guard and another man were shot dead by a group of armed men in Barangay (village) Dos here on Saturday night.

 

Police said the killing of Barangay Dos chairman Miguel Sta. Ana, former provincial jail guard Victor Ramos and Florencio Alberto Jr. happened a day after an elementary school principal was shot dead while on his way to work in another village here.

 

Senior Insp. Eduardo Pajarillo, police chief here, said Sta. Ana, 46, Ramos, 47, and Alberto, 36, were drinking in front of a store in the village when gunmen, who were aboard a van, arrived and shot them at about 10 p.m. Saturday.

 

Pajarillo said Ramos and Alberto died instantly while Sta. Ana died while being taken to a hospital in Cabanatuan City, some 34 kilometers from here.

 

A barangay council member, Sisenando Coloma, 51, was wounded in the attack.

 

Pajarillo said residents told policemen that gunmen fired their M-16 Armalite rifles as they drove to Aliaga town.

 

Tomas Lajom, a former provincial board secretary and a lawyer of former Vice Gov. Mariano Cristino Joson, believed that politics was behind the attack here, the hometown of the Joson family.

 

Lajom, a resident here, said Sta. Ana was a leader of the Bagong Lakas ng Nueva Ecija (Balane), a political party founded by the Josons and chaired by Mariano Cristino.

 

Mariano Cristino, also a former Quezon mayor, lost to Rep. Aurelio Umali in the gubernatorial contest on May 14.

 

His brother, former Gov. Tomas Joson III, lost in the mayoral race in Cabanatuan City while Mariano Cristino’s son, Eduardo Basilio, was re-elected mayor here.

 

On Friday, Fortunato Malubag, 58, principal of San Andres Uno Elementary School here, was driving his motorcycle when two men aboard another motorcycle shot him at about 9 a.m.

 

In Isabela, separate explosions hit the house of Gamu Mayor Fernando Cumigad and a cockpit arena that the mayor and his friends were managing in the town between 12 and 12:15 a.m. Saturday.

 

Police said no one was reported hurt in the incidents but the blast damaged two cars and sections of the mayor’s house in Barangay District 2 and of the cockpit arena in Barangay Upi.

 

Chief Insp. Nestor Agcaoili, Gamu police chief, said Cumigad was in Metro Manila when the attack happened while his wife and other family members were in the house but were unhurt.

 

Agcaoili said the assailants threw improvised bombs — ammonium nitrate, a chemical used in producing fertilizers, which was put in soda bottles — at the mayor’s compound and used Molotov cocktail in the cockpit attack.

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