THE police director of Cordillera region is communicating with fugitive Bangued Mayor Ryan Luna for a possible surrender.
Cordillera regional director Benjamin Magalong said ongoing talks with relatives of the mayor are positive but the absence of Regional Trial Court Judge Jaime Dojillo Jr. is delaying the surrender.
Relatives of the mayor said the absence of Judge Dojillo is affecting moves of their lawyers for legal remedies and make way for a possible surrender, Chief Superintendent Magalong said.
Policemen failed to arrest Luna in his house in Barangay Dangdangla, Bangued or at the municipal hall when they served the arrest warrant April 29.
Luna then claimed the warrant “is politically motivated and must have been instigated by his political opponents with its timing questionable with the homestretch of the campaign for the May 13 polls nearing.”
Luna was issued a warrant of arrest for the murder of Brenda Crisologo, wife Tineg town Mayor Edwin Crisologo inside a polling precinct in Bangued in 2007. She was implicated in the murder after a Department of Justice Order approved the petition of Crisologo to implicate the municipal mayor together with six other suspects in the murder of his wife.
Reports have also reached the police chief that supporters of Luna continue to gather in front of the Bangued municipal hall. Several employees have also failed to report to the municipal hall due to the ongoing tension.
Bangued Vice Mayor Allan Seares, cousin of Luna, took oath as acting mayor after the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the region gave the go signal for him to take over Luna’s position who is “temporarily unable to discharge his official duty.” Abra Governor Eustaquio Bersamin administered the oath of office to Seares last May 3.
Magalong, on the other hand, suggested to the DILG for Seares not to occupy the same office as Luna so as not aggravate the situation. (JM Agreda)