BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor
No less than President Ferdinand Marcos has condemned the ambush of Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo today, around 9:50 am, which had caused his untimely demise.
This, as the president of the republic has also vowed to bring justice to the bereaved family of the governor, alongside four of his aides who were also killed by their attackers Saturday at the governor’s residence.
Police investigators said the governor was declared by Comelec as the rightful winner for the province’s gubernatorial seat following a recount proceedings by the Commission on Elections.
His rival, report said, was proclaimed winner right after the elections but the camp of Degamo reportedly contested the result and requested a recount.
Last month, Governor Mamintal “Bombit” Adiong, Jr of Lanao del Sur in Mindanao was also ambushed by unknown attackers while traversing a secluded area in barangay Delimbayan, Maguing town.
Although the governor survived the ambush, three of his police escorts and the driver of a convoy vehicle were killed in the ambush.
Also in February, Vice Mayor Rommel Alameda of Aparri and five of his people were shot dead during a highway ambush.
In a post on Facebook, Governor Degamo’s widow, Janice Degamo, also a mayor of Pamplona town said “Governor Degamo did not deserve that kind of death. He was serving his constituents on Saturday when the suspects barged into their residence and opened fire, killing the governor and five other people.