Ronda, Cebu Town Mayor Mariano Blanco Shot Dead Inside Town Hall

The Mayor of the Municipality of Ronda, Cebu was shot dead inside the Town Hall of the Municipality. He was shot inside his own office on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, although he was brought to a hospital he was pronounced dead on arrival by attending physicians.

Based upon the initial report of the authorities the Ronda Mayor was reportedly sleeping in his office when he was shot at around 1:00 AM, by still unidentified assailant.

According to Police Investigator SPO1 Dionisio Tagupa, of the Ronda Police Station, Mayor Blanco was sleeping inside the Mayor's Office at the Municipal Hall when the assailants shot him.

Two job order watchmen revealed durin an investigation that four unidentified persons suddenly arrived on board a white van, pointed their guns at them and instructed them to drop on the ground.

SPO1 Tagupa stated that "After a second, a burst of fire was heard from the Mayor's Office and then after, the unidentified persons left," said Tagupa. The employees then went to the Mayor's Office and found the bloodied body of Mayor Blanco.

The killing of Mayor Mariano Blanco came seven months after his nephew, Ronda Vice Mayor Jonnah John Ungab was gunned down by unknown assailants outside Cebu City's courthouse in February 2018.

Atty. Jonnah John Ungab, a veteran lawyer and Vice Mayor of Ronda, served as legal counsel to self-confessed drug lord, Kerwin Espinosa.

Meanwhile, the 58-year-old Mayor Mariano Blanco had been changing his routine, including sleeping in his office, after he was publicly named by Pres. Rody Duterte in 2016 as among the alleged narco-politicians.

In an earlier interview with the media, Mayor Blanco said he was worried about his safety after his name was dragged in the illegal drugs trade and he was really shocked on his inclusion to the narco-list of Pres. Duterte, despite serving the town of Ronda for the past 22 years.

Last November 2017, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) stripped Mayor Blanco off his supervisory power over the police force in Ronda for his alleged involvement in the illegal drugs trade. Due to the order, Mayor Blanco could not choose the town's chief of police, inspect police forces and units, and exercise other functions over the local police.

Mayor Mariano Blanco first served as councilor of Ronda in 1995 before he was elected Mayor in 1998. He held the position for nine years. In 2007, the term limit forced him to run as Vice Mayor and he won. In 2010, Mayor Blanco was reelected as Mayor of Ronda. He won reelection in 2014 and 2016 under the Liberal Party of the Philippines.

Source: Cebu Daily News

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