By Joey A. Gabieta
Inquirer Visayas
First Posted 09:18:00 07/17/2009

TACLOBAN CITY — Mayor Carlos de la Cruz of Matuginao, Samar, was shot dead by three motorcycle-riding men just outside his residence in Catbalogan City on Thursday night.

Supt. Ramil Ramirez, Catbalogan police chief, said in a telephone interview that the 46-year-old mayor was felled by bullets outside his home on Muñoz Street, Catbalogan City, past 7 p.m. Thursday.

Ramirez said the mayor had two gunshot wounds in the chest and died at the Samar provincial hospital in Catbalogan.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. How safe really are the citizens of this country? What happened to one of the prime duties of government to protect its citizens? Should they simply dismiss that again as ISOLATED INCIDENT?

  2. my friend’s father is the mayor’s body guard and they’re always together… do you have news if any other people were hurt apart from those mentioned in this report?

  3. From PIA 8

    TACLOBAN CITY – Police Chief Superintendent Mario R. Sandiego, regional director of Police Regional Office 8, immediately created Task Force Matuguinao that will investigate and determine the real motive in the killing of the mayor of Matuguinao, Samar in the evening of July 16.

    Director Sandiego said that the Task Force will take charge of the comprehensive investigation over the killing of Hon. Carlos dela Cruz, the municipal mayor of Matuguinao, Samar.

    Director Sandiego designated his Deputy Regional Director for Operations, Senior Superintendent Gil Jamila Hitosis, to head the said task force. The Task Force Matuguinao will be augmented by seasoned investigators from the Regional Police Office, he added.

    Reports received from the PNP 8 Police Community Relations Officer Manuel Cubillo disclosed that on or about 7:20 in the evening of 16 July 2009 at Azucena St., Brgy San Pablo, Catbalogan City, Hon Carlos Dela Cruz, 53 yrs old, married, a resident of said place and Municipal Mayor of Matuguinao, Samar, was shot inside his residence by an unidentified person hitting the victim on his right chest portion of his body.

    The victim was immediately brought to Samar Provincial Hospital by his immediate relatives but later died while undergoing medical treatment. His cousin suffered a gunshot wound on his left waist, allegedly inflicted by a caliber .45 pistol.

    Initial investigation conducted by the Catbalogan Police Station revealed that the victim was having conversations with his cousin, a certain Joel Adel, also of legal age and a municipal auditor, when the gunman with two unidentified companions who served as back-up shot the victim and his cousin and right after, threw a hand grenade inside the house.

    The police investigators recovered at the crime scene, evidences such as one grenade safety pin; seven empty shells of caliber .45; four slugs of caliber .45; two suspected hand grenade flagments and splinters; and one safety lever of a hand grenade.

    The operatives of the Catbalogan City Police Station led by Police Chief Inspector Ramil Ramirez are currently conducting monitoring and discreet operations in order to identify the assailants.

    Matuguinao is a 5th class municipality in the province of Samar which according to the 2007 census has a population of 6,589 people.

    Mayor dela Cruz, 53 years old, is a first termer mayor and was to seek reelection in the 2010 election where he would have been pitted against incumbent Matuguinao Vice Mayor Aran Boller.

  4. Are police investigations these days already trustworthy?
    Suppose the assassins would turn out to be policemen themselves or connected with them, would the police investigators not hide the truth?

  5. May 10, 2010 is fast approaching. Elections time is around the corner.

    To the authorities, or law enforcer: what can be done to mitigate election-related violence in region 8?

    To the political candidates: what should be done to prevent violence inflicted in the past? Should we not tolerate such practice?

    To the electorate: When can we learn the lesson on Non-Violence advocacy?

    We pray for God’s intervention, and we beseech for His guidance and mercy, let the blood of Jesus Christ in the Garden of Getsemani cover the face of the earth.

    This writer believes on that Faith moves mountains.

  6. May I stray from the main topic for a moment. Anyway, today is Sunday, a rest day for all Christians. So I hope you would be patient for a short while.

    The words in post#5 above, saying, “Let the blood of Jesus Christ in the Garden of Getsemani cover the face of the earth.” tickled me.somehow.

    For those words seem to imply that the blood of Jesus poured out in the Garden of Getsemani. To my knowledge, his blood was poured out when He was hanging on the cross in the mountain of Golgotha.

    Just for a pause.

  7. Asa naman tong tamay ni utip sa mga armadong

    bodyguard ni GC?

    Para naku dili i-blame si GC nga dunay

    mga high-powered licensed firearms sa iyang mga kuyog

    kay daghang BUANG BUANG ning kalibutana. …labi kadtong

    tawo nga nag-smile lang dihang gi-interview sa TV

    via biliranisland.com sa pagpatay ni Mr. Parilla.

    What an attitude after the murder!

    Pirmero to nakung kita sa usa ka influential

    political leader sa Biliran in video.

    First bad impression is lasting, ingon sila.

  8. Only in Biliran nga ang mga nabiktima sa mga karima dima nga krimen e.g. pag assassinate sa political figure (s) i blame sa ilang pamilya.. Sila na gani kadtong nabiktima sila pa ang giakusan nga nag plot aron ipapatay sila….

    Asa ang logic ani…. I have instigated my very own death?
    Kung imong tuohon ang akusasyon sa giakusa sa maong krimen….
    Justice will not prevail…. Only God knows who the culprit (s) are but waits……. for how long?…. again Only God knows…

  9. Bisan sa Manila nangyari pod na nga ang bana mismo sa nag suicide mao pa gyod ang gipasanginlan, ug si Paring Gonzales mismo ang namasangil mientras siya pa ang Secretary of Justice.

    Mga relatives sa namatay polos suspect, ug wa na pa atendera sa lamay sa namatay. Pwersahan gi pan pick-up sa mga animal nga mga pulis. Swerte nila kay naka televise mientras gibuhat nila ang ilang ka kuwanggol.

    Unsaon nalang kadtong wala ma televise sama karon sa pagpatay sa mayor sa Matuguinao? Tingalig ma “thank you” nalang pod na nila? Daghan na kaayo na “thank you” lang dinhi sa Pilipinas, usa na ang ex-gov dinhi sa Biliran.

    Kining mga criminal mao ni ang angay e overhaul, dili ang constitution.

  10. mao na ang balaod sa atu….hinay kaayo pagresulba sa mga krimen, pero pagpatay dali ra kaayo…….way klarong hustisya kay ang uban nga kriminal…naa nag suroy siroy ra….di gani sabtan ang uban naa silingan ra….ayayayyyyyy……..hadlok lang ta sa atung kinabuhi usa ra ka kablit.

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