An unidentified man reportedly stoned the windshield of the service vehicle of Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia, that was parked at the solon's residence at Rosario Street, Bacolod City, at about 7:35 a.m. yesterday.
Prospero Leonardia, the solon's brother, yesterday said the vehicle, a silver gray Hyundai Starex van, was parked within the gate of their residence with three other vehicles when the incident happened, and he is wondering why it was the one targeted by the perpetrator.
Witnesses said they saw the man smash the windshield of the solon's vehicle and flee, but that they will be able to identify him once they see him again, he said.
Prospero said he was asked if this could have stemmed from the security concerns raised by his brother, Bacolod Rep. Evelio Leonardia, over the safety of the 10.12-kilometer Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road at night after vehicles passing the Talisay stretch were stoned by unidentified persons Sunday night.
However, Talisay is far from Bacolod and it was unlikely that the people would come here, he said.
He said they have requested the police to investigate the matter.
Rep. Leonardia, senior vice chairman of the House Committee on Transportation, had brought to the attention of acting Negros Occidental police director Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan and Supt. Arnie Cuaresma, Highway Patrol Group chief, the stoning incident after he was informed about it by one of his friends.
Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3 rd District), meanwhile, said he has discussed with Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson the funds for the lighting of the BASAAR during the Regional Development Council meeting a week ago.
Benitez said there is a budget of P38 million for the streetlights at the BASAAR and he was told it will be ready in about a month. The lighting facilities will be installed from Bacolod to Silay, he added.*CGS