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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, January 14, 2019
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Itís shocking, vice mayor says


Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said the Bacolod City Council is leaving to law enforcement agencies the action to take on the alleged involvement of a city councilor in illegal drugs.

“Let’s leave it to the law enforcement agencies. I’m hoping that Councilor Ricardo ‘Cano’ Tan can defend himself together with his family,” the vice mayor said at the sidelines of the peace covenant signing for the May 13 elections at the Bacolod public plaza on Sunday.

The councilor was mentioned by President Rodrigo Duterte in his speech at the birthday party of Leo Rey Yanson, chief executive officer of Vallacar Transit, at L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod City Saturday night, Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, director of Police Regional Office-6 (Western Visayas), said.

“There’s a public official, he stated his name. I’m not acquainted with him but I recall he was the one who was ambushed in Bacolod (last month),” Bulalacao said in a radio interview.

Familiaran said the President’s pronouncement regarding the city councilor was “shocking.” “We didn’t expect that,” he added.

Tan and his wife survived an assassination attempt while they were on their way home from the family-owned Campuestohan Highland Resort at the boundary of Bacolod City and Talisay City on December 14.

At least three unidentified assailants fired at the couple's Nissan Patrol vehicle but the two, fortunately, only sustained abrasions.

Familiaran said that Tan has not attended a session of the City Council since the ambush happened.

“Every session he files a leave. Our councilors are required only to attend the sessions,” the vice mayor said, adding that if a council member has leave credits, he or she is allowed to file either a vacation or sick leave.*PNA/Nanette Guadalquiver


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