SASMUAN, Pampanga – This town’s first councilor, who is eyeing the vice mayoralty position in the May 2019 midterm elections, was slain during an early morning attack in Barangay Sta. Lucia here on Saturday (Oct 6), police authorities said.
Senior Supt. Nicanor Salvador, director of the Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPO), identified the victim as Councilor Jesus ‘Boyet’ Angeles (Kambilan), a resident of said place.
The victim, according to initial police report, was doing his morning exercises along sitio Dalan Bapor when two unidentified persons armed with a bladed weapon and handgun approached and stabbed him several times.
Not contented, police said one of the suspects pulled out a handgun and shot the victim before fleeing to unknown direction past 6 am.
Salvador said Angeles suffered eight stab wounds in different parts of his body. A gunshot wound was also noted on the victim’s body.
Residents in the community, Salvador said rushed the victim to a nearby hospital.
“Full dressed investigation is being undertaken by special investigation task group,” said Salvador over the phone.
Salvador said inveatigators are looking into different possible motives including politics, personal grudge, and love triangle.
“Every angle is being taken into conaideration for evaluation processes,” said Salvador.
Election period will start on Oct 11, the first day of filing of certificate of candidacy.
Meanwhile, Pampanga Vice Governor Dennis Pineda, chair of the political party KAMBILAN, has condemned the attack against one of the party members.
The vice governor deacribed the incident as a taint to the good peace and order of the province.
He urged the police to increase their visibility as the date of the filing of certificates of candidacy for the mid-term elections draws near.
“Vice Governor Pineda is praying and hoping that the campaign and election period will be without violence. There should be no life or limbs lost because political contests should be fought fairly and squarely,” Provincial Board Member Rosve Henson said.
Henson said Kambilan candidates are expected to abide by party rules to resort only to peaceful means of campaigning.