Año sees no link between Batangas, Nueva Ecija mayors killings
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) ruled out Wednesday any connection on the killings of a Batangas city mayor and a Nueva Ecija town mayor.
DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo Año said the murder of Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili on Monday, June 2, and General Tinio Mayor Ferdinand Bote on Tuesday, June 3, were not related.
He said Bote was not included in the government’s narco-list unlike Halili, who was stripped of his control over the police by the National Police Commission due to his alleged link on the illegal drug trade.
“Base sa initial information, maayos itong si Mayor Bote at hindi siya kasama sa narco list,” he said.
Año said Bote only became mayor in 2016 and may be one of the local politicians in the running to become the next governor of Nueva Ecija.
“So marami tayong anggulong tinitingnan dito kasama na ang politika at sa personal din,” he said.
“Let’s not speculate on these cases and just await the results of the investigation. Basta kami, we will go where the evidence will bring us,” he added.
Bote, who was on board his vehicle, was ambushed in Cabanatuan City by unidentified suspects.
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