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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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Jail officer’s mother cries for justice
Denies slain son’s link to drugs


The mother of a jail officer killed in an ambush Friday in Barangay Cabug, Bacolod City, called for justicefor her son yesterday.

Yvonne Vargas, the mother of Jail Officer 1 Jason Vargas, at a press conference at the Negros Press Club in Bacolod City, called on President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo to help their family attain justice.

“He is innocent. As a mother, I know all of my children, well… It was very unfair and painful for us,” Mrs. Vargas, who hugged the framed graduation photo of her son, said.

The mother, who is the head of the Science Department of the Negros Occidental High School in Bacolod, also stressed that her son and husband,retired Senior Jail Officer 2 Joeby Vargas, were not drugaddicts, pushers, or even criminals, contrary to some reports (not in DAILY STAR).

Mrs. Vargas said she does not know why her son was killed and does not have any suspects, they are hoping to get help from the police to solve the crime.

Since they are still mourning, they have not thought of also asking for help from other agencies like the National Bureau of Investigation or the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, she added.

They still believe in the justice system, she said.

Her son, who was a registered nurse turned officer at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, was the second of her four children, she said.Two of his siblings are nurses, while her youngest child is a marketing graduate, Mrs. Vargas said.

“All of them are college graduates and professionals. My husband and I have jobs and we have incomes. It is just so unfair for others to say that we are involved in illegal drugs. We do not have millions and we are even full of debts,” she said.

The jail officer survived a first assassination try on him seven months agoat the exit area of the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. port at Burgos-Palanca streets in Bacolod.

However, he was gunned down in an ambush in Barangay Cabug, Friday.

His cousin Gian Philip Yoro, 25, was wounded, while his father Joeby, 59, Philip Jurgen Yoro, 27, and Femmy Taño, 23, jumped out of their Mitsubishi Strada pick-up truck.

Mrs. Vargas said they are not considering asking for police protection because when people are not hiding anything andare not doing anything wrong, they will be okay.

Vargas, who was previously assigned at the Metro Bacolod District Jail-Male Dormitory Annex in Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod, was supposed to report to the BJMP-6 regional office in Iloilo City yesterday for his new assignment that was part of a reshuffling measure, but was killed Friday, his mother said.


The police said yesterday were still investigating the ambush-slay of Vargas to identify the suspects and determine their motive.

Investigation showed that the pickup driven by the jail officer came from SP Village in Barangay Pahanocoy, Bacolod, when he was followed by a white Toyota Hilux, a blue Innova, and Yamaha Sniper, Kawasaki Bajaj, and Honda XRM motorcycles.

One of the motorcycles riders blocked the pickup truck and fired a gun. Vargas tried to maneuver but the suspects continued to attack, causing the pickup truck to swerve and hit a piggery, where it stopped.

The recovered empty shells and cartridges of different calibers of firearms were also subjected to ballistic examination, the police said.*


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