Top Davao Oriental councilor shot dead | Inquirer News

Top Davao Oriental councilor shot dead

/ 08:17 PM May 20, 2013

GOVERNOR GENEROSO, Davao Oriental— The No. 1 elected councilor in this municipality was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on Sunday, but authorities were quick to rule out politics as the motive behind the murder.

Romie Almacin was on his way to his farm when he was attacked by motorcycle-riding men in Barangay (village) Tibanban past 8 p.m., according to Senior Supt. Jose Carumba, Davao Oriental police chief.

Almacin, a resident of Tibanban, had apparently stopped at the roadside when the suspects fired on him with .45 cal. pistols, hitting him on the back and neck,  town police chief Senior Insp. Jayson Baria said.


Almacin’s family said he was murdered because of his vehement opposition to the proliferation of illegal drugs, illegal logging, corruption and other perceived anomalies in the town. The councilor was a known staunch critic of the administration of Mayor Vicente Orencia.


“We knew this will happen. He has been receiving threats due to his opposition against various anomalies here,” said Ana Shira Mae Almacin, the slain councilor’s daughter.

When asked if politics could be behind her father’s murder, Shira Mae said, “the people know why my father was killed. He has been a good public servant, and the whole of Governor Generoso can attest to that.”

Carumba has ordered the creation of Task Force Almacin, composed of local and provincial police investigators, to look deeper into the murder to establish the motive.

Orencia said he had urged police to explore all possible angles in their investigation on Almacin’s death, and not just focus on politics.

“It’s not election-related, I don’t think this was politically motivated,” Orencia told reporters, adding he believed something big could be behind his staunch critic’s murder.

The mayor said he and the murdered councilor were not enemies even as they belonged to opposite political camps during last week’s elections.


Prior to Sunday’s murder, the recent polls in Governor Generoso, which saw Orencia win another term while his daughter, Katrina Joy, clinching the vice mayoral seat, were orderly and peaceful, the mayor said.

Six of councilor candidates under the Orencia ticket and two from the other parties, that included Almacin, also won.

Almacin was aligned with the group of defeated mayoral candidate Jerry dela Cerna. The other winning councilor was an independent candidate.

Before emerging as No. 1 councilor in the recent elections, Almacin had  also served as village councilman, then as village chief of the fishing village of Tibanban.

Police said they were looking into the slain councilor’s support in the campaign against illegal drugs as one of the possible motives of the killing.

Baria said Almacin had received threats as early as 2011 following the successful antidrug operation in Tibanban.

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“He provided vital leads that helped authorities in that operation,” Baria said, adding that one of the government informants was murdered after that, and unidentified men harassed the late councilor by throwing a rock at his house with a threatening note taped on it. Frinston L. Lim, Inquirer Mindanao

TAGS: Crime, News, poll violence, Regions

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