• Leyte official shot dead

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    Albuera, Leyte: The incumbent chairman of Doña Maria village here and newly elected municipal councilor in the May 9 elections was shot dead in front of his barangay hall on Tuesday.

    Slain was Vicente Jabon, 65, longest serving chairman of the said village. He was elected as No. 5 councilor of the municipality.

    Witnesses told The Manila Times that Jabon was supervising the painting of the village hall at about 9:10 a.m., when the gunman, back riding on a motorcycle drove by and fired shots at the victim.

    Jabon did not reach the hospital alive with nine gunshot wounds in his body.

    The victim is the second supporter of the town’s resigned Mayor Ramon de la Cerna Jr., who was gunned down after the May 9 elections. The first was the town’s retired chief of police, Senior Police Officer (SPO) 4 Alfredo Bucabuca who was also a village councilor of Barangay Tinag-an.

    De la Cerna resigned from his post three days after losing in his reelection bid to Mayor-elect Rolando Espinosa, allegedly for fear of his life. De la Cerna, along with his sister and municipal administrator, Lyra; village chairman of San Pedro, Henry; and executive assistant Arman Menesis, resigned from their positions after receiving death threats even before the elections and remain in hiding.

    ROBERT DEJON

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