Gonzaga police chief relieved

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TUGUEGARAO CITY: Gonzaga police chief Senior Inspector Ronnie Siriban was relieved from his post for alleged “security and intelligence lapses” which led to the brutal killing of Mayor Carlito Pentecostes Jr.

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Chief Superintendent Miguel Laurel, Cagayan Valley police director, said Siriban was relieved on April 28, seven days after the gruesome killing of the 60-year-old mayor.

Laurel said Chief Inspector Freddie Natividad was appointed acting police chief replacing Siriban.

Pentecostes was on his second mayoral term when he was shot to death by Armalite-wielding suspects clad in camouflage during the flag raising rites at the municipal hall grounds about 8 a.m. on April 21.

Police aboutsaid the mayor was shot by two gunmen who were backed up by more than 30 armed men who stormed the town hall during the said morning flag ceremony.

Police tagged the group as part of the West Cagayan Command of the New People’s Army rebel.

Meanwhile, thousands of residents gathered at the Gonzaga town proper on Sunday condemning the violence as well as calling government authorities for the immediate dispensation of justice for their slain mayor.

Earlier, Laurel said that charges of murder, robbery and arson were already filed against the suspects in the killing before the local prosecutor’s office.

David Soriano and Rolando Ibis, tagged as high-ranking leaders of the New People’s Army in Cagayan, were among those charged.

Soriano and Ibis were identified as the two attackers in the footage of a closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) installed at the premises of Gonzaga town hall where Pentecostes was slain.

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