Family of slain woman in Sibugay raid denies private army allegation PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 December 2015 14:57

Relatives of the former female Sangguniang Bayan member of Talusan in Zamboanga Sibugay who was killed while her husband arrested in a police raid last December 8, denied allegations of private army.

Ralph Marial, spokesperson of the prominent Lim-Llanos family and brother-in-law of the slain Basilisa Lim Llanos, told reporters Saturday that the latter and her husband Noel Llanos were in possession of firearms in their house for protection of their family and all the guns have been registered under the PNP’s FESAGS.

He strongly denied having private army for their family.

He said that sometime in the late 90s Basilisa’s elder sister was kidnapped which  prompted them to purchase guns to avoid similar incident.

Marial disclosed that Basilisa and her husband Noel were sleeping in their house at dawn when they heard several persons arriving  at their residence and trying to break inside.

Marial said that when policemen entered the premises of the house gunfire was heard and later Basilisa was discovered dead with a bullet wound in the right lower cheek.

Noel was handcuffed and was taken to the police station.

Marial further said that they believe the police did not observe the right procedure in serving the search warrant as they assaulted first before presenting it.

The family also presented to newsmen the firearm licenses for the guns owned by the couple.

He added that the raid at the house of Edris Mohammad was a separate operation several kilometers away from their house where a policeman and several civilians were wounded.

Mohammad was also killed during the incident.

Basilisa was a former SB member and had recently filed certificate of candidacy to run again for the same position.

Fr. Joseph Audencia, friend of the family, said that he was very shocked when he learned about the incident.

The priest also advised the family to stay calm and leave everything to the law and stay close to God.

Fr. Audencia said that the slain Basilisa had been active in all the church activities.

The raid was carried out by operatives of the Sibugay Provincial Public safety Company on the strength of a search warrant issued by Judge Josefino Bael of the RTC’s Bbranch 31. — DT