BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: The bodyguards of Cagayan province vice governor eluded arrest and now hunted down by police authorities for their alleged involvement in the killing of a rival camp’s supporter during the campaign period.
The suspects who reportedly worked as security aides of Vice Gov. Leonides Fausto identified as Zaldy Bangan, Gil Durian, Boyet Genobil, Arthur Advincula, Angel Tubban, Romar Latupan, Nono Lizardo, Jefrey Balocanao and Aldrin Omillo were accused in the killing of Jomar Littaua, 41, of Tuao town’s Barangay Centro 1.
Littaua was one of the campaign supporters of three-term Mayor William Mamba of Tuao in his failed gubernatorial bid in Cagayan province.
Fausto is the running mate of reelectionist Gov. Alvaro Antonio of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) who defeated Mamba allied with the Liberal Party.
It was in a restaurant in Tuao town when the suspects chanced upon the victim. The victim was repeatedly shot after a heated altercation. It was learned that the suspects and the victim had an old grudge and was revived during the campaign.
The suspects were able to escape before responding lawmen arrived but two other suspects Audi Cauilan and Julius Cesar Paeste were arrested from the crime scene.
On May 21, Mamba’s brother Manuel Mamba of the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office, filed multiple frustrated murder cases against Antonio for allegedly firing at his convoy in Alcala town during the election day.
Several John Does were also included in Mamba’s complaint filed before the Cagayan pro-secutor’s office.
Also a three-term congressman, Mamba accused Antonio as the one who personally fired at their four-vehicle convoy while passing through the governor’s hometown of Alcala around 2 p.m. on May 13.
As Liberal Party chairman of Cagayan province, Mamba and his team were on their way to Aparri town from Tuguegarao City monitoring the conduct of the elections.
Antonio however denied the allegations. He claimed that he was resting at his residence when he heard gunshots nearby saying it was a mere excuse from the Mambas’ defeat in the elections.
Former Rep. Mamba and then second term-seeking Gov. Antonio were rivals in the 2010 elections for the gubernatorial post.