AND CONDEMN ELECTORAL VIOLENCE!
Kalinga gubernatorial candidate Rommel Diasen was ambushed today while he was en route to Magnao Village in Tabuk, Kalinga.
The police is still looking for suspects and the possible motive for the murder. You can read more information on gmanewstv which, as is common among mainstream media reports, mixes up the Cordillera provinces (in this case Kalinga and Mt. Province).
Diasen is the incumbent Vice Governor but is gunning for governorship in this election round. We will keep tabs on this news as developments arise. Our condolences to Diasen’s family.
UPDATE 1: Frank Cimatu reports that Diasen was shot dead while delivering a speech in the Magnao barangay hall (and not while enroute to the village as GMA News reports). A lone gunman shot Diasen at close range. Read Frank’s blog post here.
UPDATE 2: In case you are wondering whether someone may replace Vice Governor Diasen in the gubernatorial race, the answer is yes. However, such a person must be from the party to which the Vice Governor belongs to (in this case, Lakas) and must be certified by the party. [Section 77 of the Omnibus Election Code].
UPDATE 3: Cordillera regional police forms Task Force Diasen to look into the killing. I hope that the police STOP spouting their speculations regarding the motives behind the killing. Ang problema sa police authorities natin, hindi pa nila talaga iniimbistagahan ang kaso meron na silang kung ano-anong teorya sa likod ng pagpatay kay Diasen.
Their favorite theories at this point are: a) political and b) tribal conflict. These are not unreasonable theories but for the police to be suggesting these angles when they really didn’t do any investigation is a sign of their lack of professionalism. Wala pa nga silang maipakitang FACTS tungkol sa kaso atat na atat naman silang magsalita tungkol sa kung ano-anong motibo. For crying out loud sirs, shut your mouths and just do your job. Leave the speculations to istambays and bloggers like me.
UPDATE 4: Police identifies Diasen’s killer as Joel Melod and speculates that Diasen’s murder could be the result of a tribal conflict. Regionwide manhunt for Melod is on. More from ABS-CBN.
UPDATE 5: Kalinga Congressman Lawrence Wacnang, who is running for governor in this elections, denies accusations that he is behind the killing of his gubernatorial rival. Quote by Wacnang: “Rommel had been a very good and close friend of mine. Despite his decision to run against me, our personal relationship had remained intact.” Wacnang says that he will attend the wake of the slain candidate. More from Inquirer.net.
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