Wounded Victim of Negros Oriental Governor’s Bloodbath Dies, Death Toll Rises to 10.

Wounded Victim of Negros Oriental Governor’s Bloodbath Dies, Death Toll Rises to 10.

On March 4th, a group of armed men stormed Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo’s private compound in Pamplona town and opened fire, killing him and eight others. Since then, the death toll has risen to 10 with the recent passing of Fredilino Cafe Jr., also known as “Putok.” Cafe was an employee of the Negros Oriental Provincial Engineering Office and a regular companion of Degamo during his weekend consultations with Negros Oriental residents.

The other victims of the massacre were Santa Catalina farmer Jessie Bot-ay, Provincial Engineer’s Office driver Jerome Maquiling, Fatima, Santa Catalina barangay chairwoman Florenda Quinikito, Provincial Health Office driver Jomar Canseco, Yupisan, Pamplona barangay councilor Jose Marie Ramirez, Obogon, Tanjay City chief barangay watchman Joseph Retada, Dumaguete-based photographer Michael Fabugais, and security guard Crispin Vallega.

Last month, the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs held a series of hearings on the Degamo slay, with dozens of speakers sharing their stories about the violence that has plagued the province. Among them was Degamo’s widow, Pamplona Mayor Janice Degamo. After the hearings, witnesses met with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at the Malacañang Palace.

The victims’ families and loved ones continue to seek justice and hope for a resolution to this tragedy. Let us honor their memory by joining them in their call for accountability and peace.


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