From today’s Inquirer
Bedol admitted that he has a personal armory that includes, among others, a Magnum .357, four pistols and some 20 baby Armalites. … The election official also said he used to have an Uzi, but that he gave it to his mother.
Quite right too.
Vendivil cockpit bristled with guns
LUPAO, Nueva Ecija: The assassins of Mayor-elect Alfredo Vendivil Sr. and his cousin, Vice Mayor-elect Virgilio Vendivil, and their companions were not the only armed men at the Santo Niño cockpit in San Jose City when the two officials were killed.
A certain Wilfredo Solano, an aide of the mayor, had previously told The Manila Times that not one of the Vendivils’ men were armed. Solano, who was hit by a stray bullet, said he could have fired back at the assassins had he been armed because he was less than two meters away.
The widow of the vice mayor-elect, Marivic Vendivil, however, said the two newly elected officials had armed bodyguards. She said one of them was carrying her husband’s gun inside a clutch bag. One said the two of Vendivils’ escorts fled when the shooting started.
A Lupao resident said that during the shooting, a San Jose policeman cowered in fear inside a comfort room. The 19 others who were inside the comfort room were pushing the policeman to go out and investigate.
“No, I might get killed,” the policeman reportedly replied.
San Jose Vice-Mayor Mario “Kokoy” Salvador was immediately surrounded by his security men during the shooting. Salvador reportedly crouched while holding a handgun, trying to see through the thick gun smoke.
The mayor of Rizal town, whose name is Engenio Placido Sr., had also bodyguards with him but they were all scared stiff by the bursts of gunfire. Former Congressman Simeon Garcia of the second district did not have any security and he too froze like a statue, as described by an eyewitness.
The Vendivils sponsored the two-cock derby in San Jose to get funds for their supposed victory party.
Alfredo Vendivil Sr. was buried last Sunday. Virgilio Vendivil was buried a day earlier.
--Efren L. Danao
Who knows what would have happened if the elections had not been “generally peaceful”.