By Rolando O. Borrinaga, Joey A. Gabieta
Visayas Bureau
First Posted 18:31:00 06/09/2008

NAVAL, Biliran — The father of Biliran Representative Glenn Chong on Monday filed murder charges before the provincial prosecutor’s office here against a policeman allegedly involved in the Saturday night attack on their home in which two security escorts were killed.

Chong’s father, Charles, claimed Senior Police Officer 2 Renato B. Saul was among the four men who attacked him, killing two security escorts and wounding another.

“Saul, who was standing just a few meters away from me, poked his Armalite at me and was ready to shoot me,” the 63-year-old Charles, who survived the attack unscathed, said Monday in a phone interview.

But in an interview with reporters, Saul denied taking part in the crime and even expressed shock over the assault. He said he was at home with his family when the congressman’s father was attacked.

Alberto Parilla, a former village chief of Rosario, Naval, was shot in the abdomen and the back, while Antonio Barcelo, a cousin-in-law, was hit at the back. Both were declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

Wounded was Jose Casas, a retired policeman, who was shot in the kneecap and was brought to a private hospital in Tacloban City, more than 100 kilometers away from Naval.

Joey Ignacio, the security guard who shielded Chong during the assault, alleged that Saul was wearing the same shorts he supposedly had on during the incident but had changed his T-shirt when presented to Chong by Biliran police director, Senior Superintendent Alfredo Sabornido.

Representative Chong claimed the attack was politically motivated but Presidential Assistant for Eastern Visayas Victor Domingo asked the solon to refrain from making accusations this early.

“Unless he has incontrovertible evidence, I appeal to Representative Chong not to make any accusation. Let the authorities finish their work,” Domingo said.

Domingo said he had asked help from the region’s police director, Chief Superintendent Abner Cabalquinto, to look into the case.

Cabalquinto has formed a task force headed by Senior Superintendent Arcadio Lelis, his director for operations and former police director of Biliran, to conduct an investigation on the attack.

Meanwhile, Biliran’s police chief, Sabornido, declined to comment on the statement of Representative Chong that the Biliran police director should be held accountable for the series of harassments against his family and supporters.

The younger Chong said he had been receiving threats through his cellphone, including one saying “your misery has already begun” and sent four hours before the shooting incident, another sent when the shooting happened, and a third one after the attack.

He vowed to work for the relief of Sabornido as Biliran police director.

His father supported his claim.

“I was their target. They know that I [was] the financier of my son when he ran for congressman and I have clout here in Naval,” the elder Chong, whose family operates several businesses in the province, said on Monday.

Marlon Mecaral, contributor

15 COMMENTS

  1. malibog ko ning hitaboa nganong ang maghimo ning pag ambush makahimo pa gyud paghimo diha sa ila lataran.Murag kung ako mag imbestiga ani murag lisod ning senaryoha tagsa lang ang mang ambush nga diha pa gyud mag atang sa ila lataran ug ingon pa gyod nang orasa nga sayo sa kagab ihon…imposible gayod ning hitaboa.
    glenda asa nmn k…nganong wala mn k malisang pag uli ngari sa naval aron manginano sa nahitabo,imong pamilya mn kaha ang gi ambush ug inyo mga security scort ang naangol kahuman makaako lng k ug long distance nga yawyaw ug hilak sa radyo unsa nmn n imo katawo..murag wala mn k kabalaka ngano kaha/kay kasabot nk daan sa panghitabo?mahibulong ko nimo glenda.

    ma question gayod ang gibuhiang testimonya ni charlie chong..ingon niya gitutukan lng siya sa armadong tawo ug naa pod ning ingon siya ningsaka na siya sa hagdanan ang iyang security guard nga si joey ignacio ang nagpanalipod kaniya…unsang higayuna nga diha man ning mga tawhana nga pag pauli nmn lng unta sa ilang amo aron mopahuway, nga sumala sa taho pirme wala man ni daghan kauban o wala si inton parilla kung mopauli na ni siya?tan awon pod nato naa agi sa bala nga ning igo sa bongbong sa bldg.murag tinuyo man ni pagpusil ug layo lang gayod sa pultahan diin si charlie ning sulod?ug dili pod ta kaingon nga gi strafing siya kay naghugpong lang gayod ang mga agi sa mga bala, wala magkalat.
    sanglit kinahanglan gayod ni imbetigaron sa mga eksperto kay ultimo kitang mga tawo malibog gayod sa atong matan awan.

  2. Having known Renato Saul for many years, there is no way that he is guilty of such an offense. He gained regular promotion as one of the leading policemen in his unit due to his ability and law abiding behaviour.
    Normally such events are fuelled by the opportunity to earn money, this is something that Mr. Saul did not need as he was comfortable.
    Furthermore he was a very helpful family and community minded person that was happy with life.

    I recommend that anyone suggesting that Mr. Saul was involved without having absolute evidence to back this up does so with caution because they will be taken to court and charged with liable. In the interest of justice I urge anyone having any information about Mr. Renato Saul’s movements on that day send me a confidential email.

    It is time that Philippine justice joined the world standard ans stops becoming a laughing stock for the world.

  3. ngano sa lataran nahim ang pag ambush????
    bitaw ngano diha man sa lataran?nya sayo man kaayo?etc….etc…
    etc…
    kamo na mag analyze.
    kinahalnglan jud ug expert mag investigate.deli tawo ne Glenda.ug deli kanang si boy ty ug ricafort ang mag analyze.
    maayo unta to kana silang duha uy mao didto sa lataran.
    ah masamang damo matagal mamatay man.

  4. Condolence han familya Barcelo ngan Parilla.

    Let’s hope an independent and impartial result of the investigation on the part of the CIDG and NBI. Let us forget na an tunay na may motive ngan beneficiaries han crimen an aton kikitaon permi.Let us not forget the incident in september 2006 that killed Parilla, and 2008 june, another parilla was killed. Justice to the two parillas and to Barcelo is the battlecry of today’s Biliranons.

    The venue and time of the incident should not be the question, but the motive and beneficiary are two material factors in here. It was a disparate move on the part of the enemy of the Chong family.

    There is two sides of a coin: one-the motive is to inflict panic and fear to Chong’s family and supporters. The message is clear: Might is right. On the other way around-two-it is now an opportunity of the concerned Biliranons to speak out, denounce and vehemently condemn the violence and human rights violations and prayer for justice in this island paradise of Biliran. Let the Church both the Diocese of Naval and the spiritual leaders of baptists, adventists, aglipayans, methodists, Iglesia, pentecostals, lutherans, christians, and UCCP to speak out and condemn the crime and pray for justice for the victims of this senseless killings.
    PD Sabornido should inhibit the investigation because people of Biliran has doubt on the competence of this Police officer, remember Atipolo Massacre and Dra.Ramirez of Caibiran, and other crimes since jan 01, 2008 – ano ginawa action ng PD? Take note this PD owes loyalty to Gov Espina. Gen. Razon must kick-out the PD so that integrity and credibility on the investigation result prevails at the end.Damo nga salamat.

    JUSTICE TO THE FAMILY OF BARCELO AND PARILLA.
    w/ or w/o Rep. Chong, the concerned Biliranons advocacy for reform and anti-dynasty and anti-corruption must go on. Justice for Parilla and Barcelo is JUSTICE for all Biliranons.

  5. kamo boy ty ug ricafort segi mo ug yawyaw diha sa radyo kung unsa lng masulod sa inyong utok?
    murag unsa man intensyon ninyo nganong isibya pa man ninyo kung kanus a ang lubong sa patay nga lawas ni inton PARILLA?gusto ba ninyo mahitabo nga daghan ang mosimptiya o mahatod sa lubong susama sa paglubong ni ex.gov.PARILLA aron kuno makuhaan napod ug atensyon,vedio ug picture aron pakagamiton napod nga propaganda sa panahon sa eleksyon?naunsa namn mo boy ty ug ricafort halatado namo sa inyo buot ipasabot sa inyo programa.Nganong dili man ang pamilya sa ningtungdan ang mohimo ani?pwede man unta kanng dili lng ingon nianang paagiha ang himoon sa paglubong nganong mangimbitar pa man mo sa mga tawo aron pagpyestahan ang kanng pglubong sa inosenteng lawas ni inton PARILLA?intawon mga kasabwat ayaw mo palabi ug ingon ana kay halatado na mo mata sa ginoo o sa katawhan.

  6. To Spi1 16,
    For your information, four hours before this incident happened, I received a text message from a known espina attack dog on radio (i kept most of their previous texts with me) with cellphone number 09292264561 stating “ur misery has already begun” and then a few minutes before it happened, another text at 7.42pm from the same number 09292264561 saying “tanawon nato ha ha ha” then after the incident another text from 09197619076 with this message “tagam ka,, -(:-[=-
    Tan-awon nato karong martes… i’ll bare all and everything for the country to hear and see for themselves… they will decide after my privilege speech…
    TO MY FELLOW FREEDOM FIGHTERS
    I THANK YOU FOR STANDING BY ME IN THIS MOST TRYING TIMES. I WEPT UNABASHEDLY NOT BECAUSE I AM WEAK… BUT BECAUSE IM AT A LOSS FOR WORDS TO OFFER IN CONSOLATION FOR THE FAMILIES OF MANO TONY AND MANO INTON WHOSE LIVES WERE SACRIFICED SO OUR PEOPLE WILL ONE DAY BE ABSOLUTELY FREE FROM DOMINATION AND ABUSE BY THE ABUSIVE MASTERS WHO DOMINATED US FOR LONG.
    I THANK YOU ALL FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. I AM DEEPLY HURTING NOW BUT IT WILL SOON FADE AWAY AND I WILL EMERGE STRONGER THAN EVER. THANK YOU FOR BEING STILL WITH ME. GOD BLESS US ALL (WA GYUY LABOT ANG MGA ESPINA)!
    TO THE ESPINAS!
    YOU WILL NEVER MAKE ME SURRENDER! YOU WILL NEVER BREAK MY SPIRIT! I WILL FIGHT YOU TILL THE END!

  7. TO THE BEREAVED FAMILY OF MANO TONY & MANO INTON OUR CONDOLENCE. WE KNOW HOW HARD TO ACCEPT ALL OF THIS. OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU.

    TO REP GLENN A. CHONG

    Rep, in the midst of all these trials that you & you family are facing right now, we assure you Rep that we will always be here for you no matter what although we’re here in Davao. You know where to contact us Rep. Our prayers will always be with you. Take care always Rep ha. God bless you & your family.

  8. c v-gov. curso bah kay nag sugo ug tawo pagkatapos sa mga putok ng baril saying: “ktaa daw didto kng pla ang patay” d bah as 1 opisyal dle unta ingon ando iya paage pag sugo. mora man gud ug mayda cya alam sa mga pangyayari. by d way unsa man ge buhat sa capt. sa ilaya mora man ug wala m nginano sa iya nasakop na brgy. wala man lang magpakita didto o manginano kng naunsa n ang iya brgy. kng mga k brgy, mora nag inom rman 2 dat night.

  9. To #1

    Nganong i ambush sa ilang nataran? Amaw man diay ka. May pili diay lugar ang pag ambush? Gusundan sila ug sa pagpanghaw-as na sila gitirada. Dili man sad mahimo maghuwat huwat sila sa corner, kita mo ba ang Naval halos wala ng mga kahoy sa tungod, puro nalang buildings, so asa man sila magpahipo. Usa pa, dili nila kabisado and rota ni Charlie so ang sayon, ila gisundan ug gi ambush sa dihang pahaw-as na, kay si kinsa man pod ang magdahom nga naay mag ambush. Kana imo question binulok kaayo.

    To #5 – ikaw ba pataka lang pod ka. Nganong ihilom lang man kini sa mga katawhan? Ang bag-ong nahitabo sama usab sa kabug-aton sa nahitabo kang Danny so dili ni siya ordernaryo lang nga ang pamilya lang ang mo attend. What happened is a tragedy for all Biliranons and a crying call for justice. Dili ni siya pwedi dili isibwa. Dili pwedi hilomon. Ikaw kong sad-an ka ipahilom nimo. Utro pod kang amaw!

  10. Post Number 10,

    last warning.. pls ayaw pag spam ug ayaw pag usab usab sa imung username…

    for your information, fair naman ako.. sunod lang sa balaod dire.. ok?

    thanks

  11. for sabornido
    bka gusto nmo sad mo sikat sa youtube kay nag himo man ka ug binuang. ang title PD SABORNIDO SCANDAL: OPERATION WIPE OUT (destroy the evidence completely) hmmmmmm…. dba dba

  12. MGA CHONGGO,

    DERI MO PADAYAG SA INYONG GIBATI?

    NAA SILA …
    JOE CASAS…
    RODEL BAREJA…
    ADING CARIL…JOEY IGNACIO…

    MAOY POTLING NAKASABOT UNSAY ILANG MGA SCRIPT..HEHE

  13. Libat-libat 13,

    Napungot na seguro ka no? Kay capital letters na man ang imong gigamit sa pag blog. Dili man ni ang orig nimo nga estilo.

    Dugay na gad ming mga Biliranon kahibawo nga hayop ang pagkita sa imo para sa inyo nga mga Pamilya Bandido. Imong pa lang gisuwat ang Chonggo, which means Unggoy.

    Ang among pagkita sa inyo, mga tawo gihapon mo, dili hayop – bisan ug medyo may pagka hayop ug pagka luog ang daghan ninyong buhat. Sanglit mogamit lang mi ug Pugak, Gerrybak, Adik, Pikat, Kiwkiw. Applicable ni sa tawo nga mga angga. Baman ang Dok Rabbit, wa pa ko kakita sa cartoon character niini. Pero dili tinuod nga hayop, kay makasulti man. Dili pareha sa Chonggo nga gigamit ni Libat-libat dinhi.

  14. KKB

    NAGTOO SIGURO NING MGA BAYARAN NI ESPINA NGA SA ILANG PAGTAWAG NAKO UG MGA LAW-AY UG BASTOS NGA NGALAN, ILANG MAGUBA ANG AKONG DETERMINATION AND SPIRIT TO FIGHT. SAYOP SILA. MAS MOSAMOT PA HINUON KO KALIG-ON KNOWING THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WILL FEEL TOTAL FRUSTRATION AND DESPAIR. THAT’S THE BEST NGA BAWOS NAKO SA ILAHA. KANA BANG PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EMOTIONAL DEFEAT MAS SAKIT SA DUGHAN.

    SALAMAT SA IMONG POST KKB.

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