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Elected councilor shot dead in Leyte
Posted by Yel Cobile, IT Admin & Correspondent on June 2, 2016, 9:27 pm

(By Felix N. Codilla III, 2 June 2016)

Ormoc City, Leyte -- A newly elected councilor of a sleepy town here was shot dead a month before he could occupy his post.

Killed on the spot last Tuesday morning, May 31 was Vicente M. Jabon, 66 of Lower Bintoan, Zone 5, Brgy. Doña Maria, in Albuera, a town adjacent to this city.

Jabon was shot by two men riding in tandem on board a motorcycle.

Based on a police spot report, Jabon, who was also the barangay chairman Doña Maria, was sitting outside a sari-sari store across the barangay hall located at the village proper, a kilometer away from his house.  He was with three barangay tanods at that time. A motorcycle carrying two men came around at about 8:30 in the morning.

The passenger alighted, approached Jabon, drew a short firearm from his back waist and shot the victim at close range.  So shocked were the tanods that they froze on their spots and did not scamper for safety.  The perpetrators were just out to kill Jabon, and left the latter’s two companions alone.  After shooting Jabon, the gunman walked back to the motorcycle and he and the motorcycle driver sped off from the crime scene.

Witnesses described the gunman as medium built, about 5'6" in height, and wearing a black T-shirt, shorts and slippers.

Jabon was rushed to Ormoc Doctors’ Hospital but was declared dead on arrival.  Scene-of-the-crime operatives recovered from the crime scene seven empty shells and a deformed slug of a caliber 45 pistol. 

Jabon was the longest-running barangay chairman of Brgy. Doña Maria, beginning with a six-year term during the Marcos era.  He served again in 2007-2010, after which his wife Nilda took his place until 2013.

He again became chairman until he was drafted to run for a seat for the Sangguniang Bayan in the recent elections, a contest which he won as number five councilor.

Wife Nilda, 58, could not think of anyone who would want her husband dead.  She said they did not have enemies in their small sugarcane farming business nor did her husband received any threats on his life.

"He was careful not to engage in mudslinging during the campaign," Jabon’s wife said. She also discounted communist rebels, saying the town no longer has a problem with insurgency.


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