ROXAS City — Bothered by his conscience, the boyfriend of the slain 17-year-old girl surrendered to a village chief the other day.
Niel Estores, 18, admitted shooting his girlfriend, high school student Rachel Urdelas.
He yielded to Balaring Barangay Captain Paterno Untayao in Ivisan, Capiz, Ivisan police chief Insp. William Limjuco told Panay News yesterday.
Untayao turned over the suspect to the Ivisan police station yesterday, Limjuco said.
However, Estores said everything was a mere accident, according to Limjuco.
The suspect also refused reveal his motive for killing Urdelas and the kind of firearm that he used in the crime, the police chief said.
Once the victim’s death certificate is released, the police will file homicide charges against Estores before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office.
The incident was believed to be an aftermath of a heated argument between the two on Friday last week.
Sustaining a fatal gunshot wound on the head, Urdelas was later found lying on the road by nearby residents.
She was still alive when she was rushed to the Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital. But she later died.
Jun Argoncillo, Balaring barangay kagawad, said the victim was last seen with her boyfriend, also of the same village, sitting on a waiting shed.
Argoncillo said he found the victim lying on the road when he returned to Brgy. Balaring onboard on a red pick-up car.
He immediately informed the family about what happened to the victim.
Rachel’s sister Jassen said the victim earlier asked permission to go to the house of her classmate with her boyfriend Estores to get a school project.
Estores was the primary suspect in the case due to “circumstantial evidences,” the police said earlier.
Lourdes Urdelas, the victim’s mother, earlier dared the suspect to come out in the open.
Lourdes said they will file murder charges against Estores should the latter continue hiding./PN
DAR completes farm-to-market roads
ROXAS City — A total of 24.527-kilometer farm-to-market roads amounting to P36 million was turned over recently by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to the provincial government, DAR officials said.
The infrastructure program, according to DAR officials, was courtesy of the agency’s Agrarian Reform Fund (ARF).
The improvement of farm-to-market roads in remote areas of the province made it easier for local farmers to transport their products to trade centers.
DAR Regional Director Eliasem Castillo said farmers were very happy after the reconstruction of the roads.
“These roads had taken their toll after years of typhoons and other factors that caused its wear and tear,” said Castillo.
The road-widening and repaving projects were implemented in Cuartero and Mambusao towns where the farmers and fishermen’s main source of livelihood is planting rice and fishing.
The road projects helped not only the farmers and fishermen but also the residents from the 26 barangays of the said towns.
Castillo said 600 agrarian reform beneficiaries residing in the Agdahon agrarian reform community in Cuartero will benefit from these paved roads.
There are a total of 2,875 agrarian reform beneficiaries in the province.
Before the roads were repaired, it took farmers twice the amount of time to bring their products from the Poblacion to the market centers.
“With the completion of these roads, the farmers, fishermen and residents’ mobility in Cuartero and Mambusao are now easier and faster,” said Castillo.
“The frequency of commuter trips has increased and they can now bring their products with minimal travel expense,” he added. (PNA)
Different sectors laud SSH ’10
ROXAS City — Different sectors lauded the Sinadya sa Halaran Festival 2010 during the recent assessment meeting at the Hall of Governors in the Provincial Capitol here.
The meeting was lead by Atty. Jose Villanueva, acting provincial administrator, and Alphonsus Tesoro, Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO) head.
Positive feedback as well as constructive comments and recommendations were given by nongovernment organizations, business and private sectors, government agencies, media and the academe.
Some of the suggestions were creating a permanent committee on each activity, an additional budget for schools participating on the “Sinadya sa Kalye” and maintenance of peace and order during the festival.
Gov. Victor Tanco, for his part, expressed his gratitude to all the sectors that cooperated for the success of Sinadya sa Halaran.
Villanueva and the PTCAO, on the other hand, said new innovations that will make the festival more colorful should be expected during the next Sinadya sa Halaran. (CPPB/PN)
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