SB member files criminal raps vs mayor

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

THE mayor of Banate, Iloilo is facing criminal suits for grave coercion and grave threats filed by a municipal councilor.

Sangguniang Bayan Member Noel O. Bagsit filed the complaint against Mayor Carlos “Insik” Cabangal with the Iloilo Provincial Police Office Tuesday.

The case stemmed from a confrontation between Bagsit, who is the No.1 SB member in Banate, and Cabangal outside the office of the Banate Water District (BWD) last September 28.

In his complaint affidavit, Bagsit said he went to the office of his brother Felex Bagsit, general manager of the water district, around 3pm. He parked his Isuzu pickup truck in front of the Banate Fire Station which is in front of the BWD office.

Bagsit said he told a certain Fire Officer Poral to call him when there are emergencies so he can move his pickup from the drive way.

When Bagsit was about to leave the BWD office, he saw Cabangal, who was wearing a light blue shirt, on a motorcycle talking to another person outside the motor pool of the fire station.

A few moments later, Bagsit said he saw Cabangal alight from his motorcycle, approached the Isuzu pickup and smashed its right tail light thrice.

Cabangal then fled on board his motorcycle only to return to the scene of the incident minutes later wearing a dark blue shirt.

Bagsit said he saw something bulge from inside Cabangal’s waist which he suspected to be a handgun.

Bagsit said Cabangal confronted him why he parked his pickup truck in front of the fire truck.

The SB member said he asked permission from the fire station.

Bagsit said Cabangal alighted from his motorcycle and was about to draw from his waist presumably a handgun but police officers stopped him.

Before the incident, Bagsit said the municipal council denied the P600,000 supplemental budget requested by Cabangal.

The council also tackled the town’s unliquidated cash advances discovered by the Commission on Audit.

Bagsit said the brewing political situation in the town and Cabangal’s resentment on the SB’s refusal to approve the supplemental budget may have sparked the incident last September 28.

A witness, whose identity is withheld for security reasons, supported Bagsit’s statements in a sworn affidavit.