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Negros Occidental Leaders Say Series Of Killings Alarming

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Negros Occidental leaders expressed alarm over the series of killings and ambuscades in the province.

Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson called on authorities to get their acts together in preventing the occurrence of such crimes.

“We cannot say anymore that this is an isolated case”, Lacson said.

Lacson said authorities must step up and find ways and means on how to control such incidents.

The vice governor who condemned the series of killings, said there is no reason to kill anybody, unless it is self-defense.

Lawyer Arnel Lapore, president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) – Negros Occidental chapter, and Frank Carbon, president of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (MBCCI) also shared the same view.

Carbon said the entry of big investors is good news but the concerns over peace and order may force big businesses to reconsider.

For Atty. Lapore, he called on the police for the immediate resolution of the killings, especially that two lawyers already died in the last four months, and another one Atty. Erfe del Castillo survived an ambush on Thursday night.

The police in Bacolod have yet to establish a breakthrough in their investigations in the murder of lawyer Rafael Atotubo and barangay captain Nelson Ligaya, who were both killed by riding-in-tandem suspects.

In the past two months, human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos was murdered in Kabankalan City, while the police have yet to identify an armed group behind the massacre of nine persons occupying a private property in Sagay City, all in Negros Occidental. The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is focusing on the business rivalry angle in the ambush of Bacolod Councilor Ricardo Tan and his wife, as its probers raised the possibility that the suspects were hired gunmen.(NDB)

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