By: BiliranIsland.com Staff
First Posted 3:38 PM 07/31/2008
Last Updated 12:31 AM 08/01/2008
Naval, Biliran — Caibiran Ex-Mayor Melchor “Don” Maderazo was arrested by Police operatives early morning of July 30, 2008 at his residence in Caibiran, for his alleged involvement of the killing of Vice Mayor Apoy Almen in 2001.
The Arrest order was issued by Judge Pepe Domael following an order of the Supreme Court en banc setting aside an earlier order of Judge Domael in 2001, finding no probable cause on the alleged participation of respondent Mayor on the killing of Vice Mayor Almen.
The decision finding no probable cause on the alleged participation of respondent Mayor was appealed before the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court the latter setting aside the decision of the lower court thus ordering the arrest of Mayor Maderazo and the hearing of the instant case before RTC BR. 37.
A separate case had been filed against the alleged gunmen of the Vice Mayor and the trial of the same is on going before the RTC Branch 6 Tacloban City.
Detained Ex-Mayor Maderazo ready to face murder raps in court
Naval, Biliran – “I will face and answer it in court”. This is the strong pronouncement made by former Caibiran Mayor Melchor G. Maderazo who is now detained at the Biliran Provincial Jail for his alleged involvement in the murder of Caibiran Vice-Mayor Ceasar “Apoy” Almen last June 13, 2001.
The warrant of arrest was issued on July 28, 2008 by Judge Pepe Domael, presiding judge of RTC branch 37.
Maderazo informed he even invited the arresting police operatives headed by Police Senior Inspector Renencio L. Raquipo, Chief of police of PNP-Caibiran on the day the warrant of arrest was served on July 30, 2008 to freely get inside his house located in Brgy. Palengke, Caibiran in order to show to the people that he did not evade to authorities.
“There were unsolicited advice coming from close friends for me to hide or escape”, thus said Ex-Mayor Maderazo. However, he turn them down for he believed his conscience is clean from the wrongdoing imputed upon his person.
The three termer former local chief executive of Caibiran added that hiding or running away from the case will make him a fugitive of justice thus will only aggravate the situation cause he will be away from his family and close relatives who give him the kind of support he need this time.
Despite in side prison, he finds comfort in the company of the other prisoners who sympathize with his present predicament.
“I’m still in the process of consulting my lawyer as to whatever legal actions we can do as we face this case in court” he said.
Colorful political career
He is considered a political kingpin in his hometown in Caibiran. Almost everybody in the town where he started his colorful career in politics at an early age of 20 knew of who is Dondon in local politics. His family name alone who was known to be a family of politicians and have ruled the town for quite a time was considered already an institution.
Having inherited the blood of politicians, he begun to enter the world of politics three months before he graduated in criminology and his first political involvement was to help the candidacy of his father who run for an elective position against an also well known political family in Caibiran. Their family was affiliated with the Liberal Party.
He started serving Caibiran town as an elected public official in 1992 with the position as councilor. From thereon, Don don who was known to be a good material for a higher public office was elected as Vice-Mayor in 1995 to 1997.
Finally in 1998, he tried to engage himself in a more uphill political battle in the mayoralty post against a known political figure in Caibiran. Luckily, he won yet he did not know that it will be the start of a more challenging period in his political life since it was in his first term as mayor that he had faced an administrative complaint that caused his first suspension as an elected official.
The case stemmed from his questioning on the validity of the legality in the appointment of a medical practitioner.
During his second term as mayor in 2001, he again faced another more grave complaint orchestrated by a well known political figure in Biliran on that time which case stemmed in the construction of the town’s bus terminal. Again he was suspended, yet he fought hard to regain the position he ought to serve.
In 2004, he won for his third term as mayor in Caibiran but fate was so cruel to him that again he was suspended but in two separate instances this time.
In the 2007 synchronized national and local elections, he run in the position as Vice-governor, unluckily he lost but came third among the well known political families who aspired said post.
Dondon was a clever political operator that whenever he will take sides on a certain candidate especially in the local political scene, rest assured that such person or group of persons will surely win the election. One of the recent manifestation was last year’s Barangay elections where out of the total 17 elected barangay captains in the municipality, he managed to win the 14 of them with his support and political backing.
He admitted that his main weapon in conquering the political odds was his kindness to everybody no matter what the political affiliation of the person who needs help. – BiliranIsland.com