Slain Misamis Occidental town mayor got death threats – Cebu police – Rappler


AMBUSHED. Clarin town mayor David Navarro of Misamis Occidental is shot dead by still unidentified gunmen in Cebu City on October 25, 2019. Photo by Gelo Litonjua

AMBUSHED. Clarin city mayor David Navarro of Misamis Occidental is shot lifeless by nonetheless unknown gunmen in Cebu City on Oct twenty five, 2019. Image by Gelo Litonjua

CEBU City, Philippines – Law enforcement investigators said on Saturday, Oct 26, that slain Clarin Mayor David Navarro of Misamis Occidental allegedly been given loss of life threats from nevertheless unknown groups in his province.

“In Misamis, there are groups that were being allegedly sending threats,” Cebu Metropolis Law enforcement Director Gemma Cruz Vinluan told reporters in Filipino all through a push conference on Saturday, wherever she gave updates on the investigation into the killing of the regional official.

She claimed that Navarro’s associates advised police that they had been getting threats even right before he figured in an incident at a therapeutic massage parlor in Cebu Metropolis that led to his arrest and the submitting of assault expenses from him on Thursday, October 24.

Although she did not want to elaborate on their conclusions on the motive for the killing so significantly, she advised reporters that the incident at the therapeutic massage parlor would not be a reason to get rid of Navarro.

“It’s certainly not [linked to] the functions of lasciviousness and actual physical injuries [rates],” Vinluan stated.

Navarro was on his way to encounter inquest proceedings at the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Business office when he was ambushed by about ten armed masked men who stopped the law enforcement convoy, pulled the mayor out, and shot him in the head. (Read: Misamis Occidental town mayor shot dead in Cebu Metropolis)


Navarro’s sister Princess, who was with the mayor when he was killed, described in an job interview with reporters that Navarro had political rivals in Clarin who could have been behind the killing.



Hunting at all angles

Navarro is among the the alleged narco-politicians in the March 2019 list that President Rodrigo Duterte himself launched to the community ahead of the Might elections to dissuade voters from reelecting the officers. Clarin, who was selection 31 in the record of 44, was reelected.

Vinluan verified that Navarro was a drug superior-value target, but she would not quickly conclude that this was the rationale driving the killing. 



“Let’s not directly relate the killing to that, we are looking at all angles, which include enterprise and political rivalry,” Vinluan claimed.


Vinluan also explained Cebu Town law enforcement were being not informed that Clarin was in city and that they only discovered about this when the viral article on the therapeutic massage parlor incident circulated on social media. The mayor was in this town for a meeting of financial leaders of the province.

Navarro’s Clarin police escort, Main Grasp Sergeant Roberto Sanoy, who was amid those harm in the ambush, also did not warn his area counterparts about the assembly nor the mayor’s existence in Cebu Town.

Asked why the law enforcement who ended up in the mayor’s convoy were unable to fend off the suspects, Vinluan stated that the cops tried but they bought shot at to start with.

Law enforcement Grasp Sergeant Carlo Balasoto, who was amongst individuals in the police convoy that transported Clarin to the city prosecutor’s business office, advised reporters on Friday that the law enforcement escorts were not overpowered by the gunmen, but were just caught off guard.



Apart from Sanoy, the others injured have been determined as Law enforcement Corporal Eutemio Catalan, and Clarin municipal administratorJohn Baylon. 

There was yet another civilian who was injured in the taking pictures, whose identification was withheld by law enforcement.

The two policemen ended up hit in the ft, even though an additional was strike in the human body and yet another in the head.

Whilst it’s not apparent if the just one hit in the head was the municipal administrator or unknown civilian, that human being is in essential affliction in the intense treatment device. The some others sustained non-everyday living threatening accidents, Vinluan mentioned.– Rappler.com