DAO, Capiz — Clemente Firmalino Jr. won again as president of the provincial Liga ng mga Barangay.
A one-vote difference spelled his victory over sole opponent Lilia Agana-Demalata of Panitan, Capiz during the election held at the Lolet Eco-Park here yesterday.
Firmalino got nine out of the total 17 municipal Liga presidents.
Firmalino, a two-termer village chief of Poblacion, Dumalag town, was under the Ugyon Kita Capiz.
On the other hand, Demalata, barangay captain of Balatucan, Panitan, was under the Liberal Party.
Firmalino, 48, expressed gratitude to those who supported his reelection bid.
He asked his fellow village chiefs to “forget politics” and concentrate on the development of each barangay.
Firmalino, who automatically becomes an ex-officio member of the Provincial Board, also vowed to bring the provincial Liga closer to the 472 barangays of the province.
In the next five years, Fimalino said, the Liga will make no big leap that leads to uncertainty.
Rather it will dare to take small steps leading to sure huge success that would redound to the general welfare and development of the barangays, and the common good of the people in the province, he said.
He said he will go around the province to consult barangay officials regarding their problems.
Firmalino took his elementary and high school education at the St. Martin Academy in Dumalag, and college at the Philippine Maritime Institute in Manila.
He is the son of Clemente Firmalino Sr. and Carmen Castro.
He is married to Monica Bellosillo and has six children — Beatriz Joy, Yvette Paula, Jannina, April Shara, Exequiel and Alexa./PN
Man found dead
BY FELIPE V. CELINO
ROXAS City — A 30-year-old house helper was found dead the other day.
Residents believed that Reynaldo Oropio, a resident of Brgy. Agmalobo, Ivisan, Capiz, died of cardiac arrest.
He was found inside the house of Andutan family in Brgy. Cagay here where he works as a house helper, police said.
Upon arriving from attending a midnight mass, the Andutans forcibly entered Oropio’s room when the latter did not respond after several calls, said the police.
There was no indication of “foul play” on Oropio’s death, police said.
In another story, a minor believed to have been hacked was found dead in an abandoned nipa hut in Jamindan, Capiz.
The 15-year-old boy from Brgy. Agtatacay, Jamindan, succumbed to a hack wound on the neck, said the police.
According to witnesses, the boy was seen with another minor — which was later identified to be from Tapaz, Capiz — the night before the incident, police said.
Police recovered from the crime scene a bolo with bloodstains.
The police is currently having a manhunt operation against the suspect./PN