Troopers of the 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company were dispatched to Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental, to replace Army soldiers, re-assigned to neighboring Isabela town.
Brig. Gen. Benedict Arevalo, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, who confirmed the pull-out of some soldiers, however, said there are still two platoons of Army soldiers in Moises Padilla.
Maj. Edison Garcia, spokesman of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, said yesterday that the 2nd PMFC troopers will be placed under the operational control of the Moises Padilla Police Station.
The peaceful conduct of the election on May 13 in Moises Padilla had been attributed to the deployment of more government forces in the town, after it was placed under Comelec control.
Arevalo said they cannot leave Moises Padilla town in order to preserve the gains in its security aspect.
On July 6, a former member of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team was shot and killed by four armed suspects in Brgy. Montilla, Moises Padilla.
In Purok Sambag, Brgy. Libas, Isabela, Negros Occidental, three unidentified armed men shot and killed a certain Jorie Boy Fabillar on Wednesday.
Investigations of the Isabela police showed that Fabillar was about to pick up his child from school, on board a motorcycle, when he was waylaid and shot by the suspects.
The victim succumbed to a gunshot wound in the head and He was declared dead on arrival at the Ignacio Lacson Arroyo Sr. Memorial District Hospital, the police said.
A fired cartridge and a slug of 45 caliber pistol were recovered at the scene of incident by the Isabela police.*
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