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P’panga cops still clueless on Nov 2016 attack on Ecija mayor, vice mayor

  • Written by Steve Gosuico
  • Published in Provincial
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CABIAO, Nueva Ecija -- Two months after the incident, the Pampanga police still remain clueless as to the identities of the black sedan-riding armed men, who attacked the mayor and vice mayor of this town in nearby Arayat town last November.

Mayor Ramil B. Rivera said that the Arayat police were still in the dark and have not made any breakthrough in its investigation on the armed attack on him and Vice Mayor Angelito dela Cruz last year.

“There is no breakthrough yet,” Rivera said when asked about the ambush which led to the wounding of Dela Cruz’s driver, Ramon Agao, who was shot in the back and taken to an Arayat hospital.

Rivera and Dela Cruz were travelling in separate cars in a convoy headed for the City of San Fernando when Dela Cruz’s vehicle was attacked by unidentified gunmen in Bgy. Tabuan, Arayat, at 11:30 a.m. of November 9.

The two officials were both unhurt. The gunmen on board a black sedan then sped towards Cabiao.
Rivera said they have entrusted the investigation to the Arayat police and not the Cabiao police because it happened there. However, up to now, there was neither lead in the case nor was there any motive established against the perpetrators.
Both municipal officials have been heavily secured since the attack.
Rivera said he and Dela Cruz have no known enemies, not even their political rivals in the last May elections.
Rivera and Dela Cruz both won over the pair of then-Mayor Gloria Crespo-Congco and her running mate, then Vice Mayor Ernesto Talens by landslide. Rivera lost to Congco in the 2013 elections by some 400 votes.