2 slain councilors win in Negros Occidental

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The two councilors of several towns in Negros Occidental who were slain weeks before the May 13 polls won in their reelection bids.

Bernardino Patigas closed the 8th spot in Escalante City’s council after he obtained 18,358 votes. Weeks earlier, he was gunned down by motorcycle-riding assailants on April 22 on his way home after a campaign rally.

He was known as a survivor of the 1985 Escalante massacre during the Marcos regime and also a human rights advocate.

Human rights advocacy group Karapatan had stated Patigas was the 48th human rights advocate slain during the Duterte administration.

On the other hand, Michael Garcia outdone the race for councilors in Moises Padilla town with 10,981 votes.

He was shot dead while campaigning in the town of Inolingan on April 25. His uncle named Mark, an ABC president, also was slain in the ambush. Garcia’s aunt, vice mayor Ella Garcia-Yulo, claimed the town’s mayoralty seat.

The barangays was then placed under the control of Commission on Elections (Comelec) due to incidents of election-related violence.

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