2 killed in hacking, shooting


ROXAS City — Two men died in separate hacking and shooting incidents in Jamindan, Capiz recently.

A certain alias “Potot” Sonio of Brgy. Jaena Norte allegedly shot his 58-year-old relative Reynaldo Sonio, police said.

The latter was rushed to a private hospital but was declared dead on arrival, said the police.

Authorities said the victim was in a forested area in the barangay to gather abaca when the suspect, without much provocation, shot him using a 12-gauge shotgun.

Reynaldo succumbed to several gunshot wounds on his body.

The suspect, on the other hand, fled after the incident.

Old grudges might be the motive behind the killing, police said.

Meanwhile, 47-year-old Wilmento Villeza of Brgy. Esperanza was hacked to death by his drinking companion in Brgy. Fe.

His throat was severely cut, according to the police.

Suspect Jojo Solvesta of Brgy. San Juan fled after the incident, police said.

Authorities said a heated argument ensued between the two during a drinking binge one day before the village’s annual fiesta.

After the argument, Solvesta left and later came back with a bolo.

He attacked Villeza while their other companions were looking helplessly, police said.
Police launched a manhunt operation against the two suspects./PN

Guard accused of rape try

ROXAS City — An 18-year-old woman of Brgy. Agbalo, Panay, Capiz accused a security guard of attempted rape.

Celia (not her real name) complained to the Panay police that a drunk Rene Almero of Brgy. Agbalo entered her room.

She said she was then sleeping with her four-month-old child when the 30-year-old suspect went on top of her, naked.

Celia said she kicked the suspect, shouted for help, carried her child and hurriedly fled.

Her grandmother entered the room and asked for help from their neighbors, police said. (Felipe Celino/PN

Poor Capiceños benefit 
from anti-poverty grant

ROXAS City — More than 3,000 Capiceños have availed themselves of the government’s anti-poverty program.

A total of 3,233 extremely poor Capiceños have benefited from the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) grant last year, information officer Eliseo Abucay of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Capiz said.

Program beneficiaries were from the municipalities of Jamindan, Maayon, Panay, Pilar, President Roxas and Tapaz, Abucay said.

They were identified through prior survey and validation activities of the DSWD.

Abucay said their office has targeted a total of 3,462 beneficiaries for the program last yeart.

But after validating the survey results, the actual beneficiaries only reached 3,233, he said.

He revealed that last year, they released more than P10.46 million for the 848 beneficiaries from the seven barangays of Jamindan.

These villages were Jaena Norte, Agambulong, Lucero, Pangabat, Jaena Sur, Pangabuan and Ganzon.

The following, according to Abuicay, were the amounts released to the towns:

* Panay – more than P5.49 million for 479 beneficiaries
* President Roxas – more than P4.06 million for 455 beneficiaries
* Pilar – more than P4.27 million for 485 beneficiaries
* Maayon – more than P4.149 million, and
* Tapaz – more than P3.85 million for 1,324 beneficiaries.

The CCT program, also known as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, is a poverty reduction strategy that provides grants to extremely poor households to improve their health, nutrition and education particularly of children aged 0–14.

For five years, the program beneficiaries may avail themselves of P6,000 health package per year and P3,000 educational package for 10 months as long as they comply with the program's conditions. (Jemin B. Guillermo/PIA/PN

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