Isabela CPOC to study grant of cash reward PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 17:18

Isabela City Mayor Cherrylyn Santos-Akbar revealed yesterday that she is eyeing to put up cash reward to be given to any informant who could help solve the killings of two Liberal Party (LP) members in Basilan.

Akbar said she will present the proposal to the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC), which is set to convene this week, to discuss matters pertaining to the peace and order situation and other issues and concerns in Isabela City.

Akbar said it should be thoroughly studied by the CPOC citing there could be an advantage and disadvantage in coming up with the reward system.

The advantage is it will help facilitate the speedy resolution of a the case while the disadvantage is that some people might just be after the reward money and would pinpoint anyone, even the innocent ones, as the culprit, Akbar explained.

“Another thing to consider is why only put up cash reward for the two LP personalities? How about the other victims?” Akbar asked.

However, the lady mayor said she will leave it up to the CPOC to decide on the proposal whether or not there is a need to put up cash reward.

The LP personalities, namely Napoleon Sanson and Nickarter Gonzalo, were gunned down in separate occasions and places in Basilan.

Sanson was recently gunned down in Maluso town while Gonzalo was shot in the evening of Sept. 14 in front of his residence in Aguada, Isabela City.
Gonzalo died later while undergoing medical treatment at the Basilan Community Hospital (Bascom).

Akbar said she immediately requested the Maluso police chief to thoroughly investigate the killing of Sanson despite the incident happened outside Isabela City.
“I also requested him to assist the family of the victim,” she added.

In the case of Gonzalo, Akbar said that she has ordered the police to leave no stone unturned in the conduct of investigation concerning Gonzalo’s killing.
Akbar brushed aside innuendos from some quarters that she is not doing anything to give justice to the family of Gonzalo, who are said to be a staunch critics of her administration.

Akbar said she ordered the police, especially the case investigator, to look into all possible motives behind the killing of Gonzalo to get the real culprit or culprits of the crime.

“When I learned about the incident, Dr. Manning Tan of the United Evangelical Church and even his (Gonzalo) wife can attest that I am in communication with them from time to time,” she said.

Akbar said she even ordered to place on standby the speedboat of the city government in case they will need it to transport the victim to a hospital in Zamboanga City. 

Akbar said everybody should work together to give justice to the victims’ death instead of making statements that would not be of help to the conduct of the investigation.

“I am reminding them to stop politicking at the expense of the victims’ death. What is needed is to provide the police information that could lead to the solution of the cases,” Akbar said.

Akbar said she didn’t even hear anything from Gonzalo and Sanson “or knows that they are talking against me.”

“In fact, the ones who are very vocal against my administration are the Dans’ brothers (Alvin and Arnulfo),” she added.

Arnulfo ran for mayor but lost to Akbar while Alvin has served before as mayor of then Isabela municipality and congressman of the province.

“If Mr. Alvin Dans is saying that he is really concerned about Isabela, why is it he only focuses on the two incidents?” she asked citing there were several incidents in the past wherein Dans didn’t even bother to talk.