Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City – The traditional festivity of Santo Nino was disrupted yesterday at about 6pm by a group of about 50 outlaws in the Municipality of Lapinig in Northern Samar. Some concerned residents of the town tried to resist the outlaws that resulted to the death of Mr. Aurelio Julata, a security aide of the Mayor, and injury to a certain Mr. Romeo Senobio Jr. The suspects killed the 50-year old Mr. Julata and robbed him of his issued firearm.
The suspects also barged and looted several residences including the home of Policewoman Rowena Opena of PNP-Lapinig whose service pistol was forcibly taken. The Policewoman was off duty and at home with her family at the time of the attack.
At the time of the incident, the members of PNP-Lapinig put up a fight at their station through the help of local residents. After a few minutes of presence and sensing mounting community resistance from those involved in the fiesta, the suspects fled aboard a hijacked vehicle of Yakal Construction Company under cover of darkness. The PNP-Lapinig is now processing the complaint against the suspects.
An initial report of the incident reached the Headquarters of the 8th Infantry Division at about 8:30pm and a more detailed report with action taken by the 803rd Infantry Brigade (803Bde) a few hours after.
Upon notification of the incident, the 803Bde tasked its units at the vicinity of Lapinig to assess the situation and work with the Local Government Unit of Lapinig and the Police Station. A unit of the 34th Infantry Battalion eventually met with Mayor Menzon and members of the Lapinig Municipal Police Station at about 3:30am the following day to assure the residents of government control.
Lapinig is a quiet town along the Pacific Coast of Northern Samar. A plan is proposed with the Army Engineers to construct and rehabilitate a road through the Municipality towards the neighbour Province of Eastern Samar.###