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Robredo sees rise in political killings in run-up to 2013 polls


Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Interior Secretary Jesse M. Robredo warned on Friday he expected political killings to rise in the months leading to the 2013 midterm elections, following the assassination of Vice Mayor Abel Martinez of Mambusao, Capiz, on Friday.

“We do foresee an increase in incidents and have taken additional measures,” he said in text messages to the Inquirer.

But Philippine National Police  spokesperson Senior Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr. said it was still premature to conclude that Martinez’ killing might be motivated by politics.

In a briefing at Camp Crame, Cerbo said the investigation was still ongoing, and noted that Capiz was traditionally not a hotbed of election violence.

“In fact, based on statistics, Capiz may be considered among the most peaceful provinces during elections,” he told reporters.

Robredo said Chief Superintendent Cipriano Querol, the Western Visayas police director, was on top of the investigation into the murder of Martinez, who was shot dead by a lone gunman in front of his house on Rizal Street, Poblacion proper, at about 6 a.m.

“We have initial leads on the case,” Robredo said without elaborating.

He advised local politicians planning to run in next year’s elections to request police security “if they need it.”

“We will do case assessment before the request is granted,” he said.

Robredo, however, said he was discouraging politicians from employing private security guards.

Martinez suffered three bullets wounds in the head and two in the back, according to local police. Eyewitnesses told investigators the gunman fled to a waiting shed where a companion was waiting for him on a motorcycle.

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Tags: 2013 midterm elections , Crime , Elections , Political killing , Politics

  • antonioluna

    But Philippine National Police  spokesperson Senior Superintendent
    Generoso Cerbo Jr. said it was still premature to conclude that
    Martinez’ killing might be motivated by politics. – ano ba itong speaker ng PNP tanga ba ito o mangmang sa klase ng reasoning nya makikita natin na para nya na rin sinabing wala silang magagawa at hindi nila masasawata ang mga political killings

  • Bulagas



  • bahog_itlog

    Umpisa na ng patayan. Tuloy-tuloy na yan hangggang 2013 election.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    “In fact, based on statistics, Capiz may be considered among the most peaceful provinces during elections,” he told reporters.

    Talaga lang ha?
    Lihis lang ba sa statistics ang pagpatay dito kay Vice-Mayor?
    Ayan ang hirap pag puro na lang survey at statistics, parating malayo sa katotohanan.
    Ang administrasyong ito, puro na lang press release na mahirap paniwalaan.

  • el_latigo

    Come to think of it, every election time this country turns wild like  the Old West of yore where guns, goons and gold reign  supreme. You must not only have all the money that you can muster, you must also know how to kill without compunction. Yet we are known to be the largest Christian country in Asia. What a contradiction! 

    • agoroy12

      What contradiction? The devil always working double time where the God is working. The history will speak by itself. Abraham was called the father of all nation. He lied. Moses who spoke to God on a burning bush and gave him the Ten Commandments. He committed murder. Noah who made the Ark to save from flood. He’s a drunkard and a kind of a retarded person. Peter was called the Rock. Denied Christ 3 times. Judas was an apostle but sold Christ. That goes on and on. Are you saying God was wrong for all those for happening? Of course not. Even the scriptures are full of contradictions but that doesn’t mean the scripture was wrong. It was just designed to send a message to certain people. Before you judged something make you know what you’re saying because it make you sound like a fool just like the Pharisees. Peace!!!!

      • bahaykubo1015

        You seem to imply that the devil ( if he/she really exists outside our minds) should take the ultimate responsibility for all the wrongs done in this world?
        So those people who did terrible things to their fellow human beings were not or only half responsible for what they did??? Charge all the accounts to the devil???? 

      • el_latigo

        Aragoy: Oh man, another self-proclaimed  bible expert!  Ang layo naman ng interpretation mo sa post ko Aragoy! Ang sinasabi ko paulit-ulit lang ang patayan dito  tuwing  election na wala na yatang katapusan samantalang nasabi tayong bayan na karamihan ay  Kristyano na kung saan bawal ang pumatay (ng kapwa tao) ayon sa 10 Utos ng Diyos, di ba irony iyan?  Kung anu-ano ang pinagku-quote mo about the many interesting characters of the bible Of course, all of the people that you mentioned are just mere humans just like us prone to sin and temptations kaya nga ipinanganak si Kristo at namatay sa krus para tayo lahat, maski taong isisilang pa lang, ay maligtas. I never mentioned that God nor the scripture is wrong, you are the one yourself who said it. May sayad yata itong taong ito…Pero ang bibliya mismo ay binalaan tayo para sa mga taong mapagpanggap at nadu-dunungdunungan sa pag-iinterpret sa bibliya at ang mga salita ng Diyos tulad ng mga Phariseo nuong panahon ni Kristo at katunayan magpahangga ngayon tulad ni sino pa kundi si agoroy12! Malapit na nga yatang magunaw ang mundo at padami ng padami ang mga tulad mo agoroy…. Araguy!  

        Remember also aragoy that man by nature is both good and evil that’s why God gave us conscience or His little voice in us! Its our choices in life that defines what kind of a person you are. Think about that before you post your inane comments about the bible and everything else. Araguy!!!

      • el_latigo

         agoroy! Read the PDI editorial today May 7 2012 regarding the Philippines suddenly turning into the Old West every election time and weep dude! ..Araguuuy!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    Seems that Sec. Robredo is resigned to the reality that PNP and other government agencies are helpless in preventing the commission of crimes in the country. Is it high time then for the civilians to take crime prevention in their own hands? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RYJTO7WZU5UOBJZM4AX4WMOVH4 nayve


  • brunogiordano

    “Robredo sees rise in political killings in run-up to 2013 polls”

    sa mga ganid sa kapangyarihan hindi ito magigiming pumatay o magpapatay ng kanilang mga kaaway sa politica manalo lamang.

    sana ang mga kapulisan natin ay hindi magpagamit sa politico.

  • Ommm

    It truly must be considered some animal form of democracy when opponents have to kill each other to win…in fact its not a democracy at all….   

  • 2rey3

    Sec Robredo if quoted right is conditioning the people about worst to come. Can an official of his rank say the same thing in the US because the November elections is forthcoming without being asked to resign? Are we that hopeless and helpless Secretary Robredo and Mr. President? We should set our standards higher!! We should demand more from ourselves especially from the police and the LGU executives who enjoy millions of pesos in intelligence funds!

  • Ben Tampadong

    Now we know that waiting shed’s built from our politicians pork barrel has relevance.

  • Ulipur

     Politicians, especially the venal ones, can go on killing each other……

    Until they are all erased from the landscape.

    The better for the nation.

  • bagombong

    Matira ang may pera at manalo ang kinakatakutan na pulitiko, ganyan ang political system sa Pinas…sabi ko na noon, politics in PI is business, if you are in power, more money to come, forget the peoples who voted you… you only needs there vote, whatever they promise to do, that can be broken…yun mga pulitiko ko na puro magkakapatid at magkakamag-anak na nasa puwesto , ito ang salot sa bansa natin, mga pulitukong pabalik-balik at mga palipat-lipat ng partido…ito yung mga natatakot maalis sa puwesto, kaya kung saan ang malakas..lipat ulit…ngayon pa lang nagpaparinig na sila…ang dapat sa Pinas ay 2 party system lang at isang independent party…para maiwasan ang patayan…sa sobrang dami ng party ay mas maraming patayan…kanya kanyang papatayin yan…hay naku, hangga ngayon, ayaw talagang idilat ng husto ng mata itong mga nakaupo…papaano, sila ang nagsimula at pasimuno ang lahat…

  • niceguy60

    Sounds very familiar modus operandi. A look out, a gunman and a motorcycle. I told you so folks, it no fun in the Philippines. How could you have fun when this kind of thing happens on a daily basis.

  • murtson

    What Robredo admitted by saying a horrible forecast simply exemplifies government incapability, inefficiency and failure to control lawlessness in the Philippines. There’s no more solid proof to the rule of lawlessness in the poor country because politicians and authorities themselves ignore and abuse the laws.

  • KenKhoy

    mr robrdo…. nadyan naman kayo…… parang sinabi nyo walan kayong magawa…….. gawan nyo nng paraan

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GXTYXWVCPDC2K3PMWLB6YOQ2HA Harzburgite

    Robredo should plan effective preventive measures to avoid political killings like  strict gun ownership laws, nonlicense gun owners should have stiffer penalties like long time imprisonment and lastly the death penalty should be reactivated, all these killers or hired guns will not hesitate to perform their trade since they will not be killed once they are apprehended, only long time imprisonment  is the worst penalty they can get and if they have the right backer , they could be pardoned after few months or years in prison.

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