By Ariel Avendaño
CABANATUAN CITY, Nueva Ecija – The 27 strong members of League of Municipalities of the Philippines – Nueva Ecija (LMP – NE) Chapter on Thursday condemns the murder of Gen. Tinio Mayor Ferdinand Bote who was gunned down by still unidentified suspects just after leaving the regional office of National Irrigation Administration (NIA) last Tuesday afternoon, July 3.
In its statement, the LMP NE led by its provincial president Peñaranda town Mayor Ferdinand “Blue Boy” Abesamis, also “appeals to the law enforcement authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and bring justice” in the assassination of Bote.
In a mobile phone interview with this correspondent, Abesamis said that the municipal mayors in the province will urge the leadership of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) to seek an audience with President Rodrigo Duterte “to ventilate” the issue on the killing of Mayor Bote.
Abesamis also added that LMP – NE is set to conduct an emergency meeting on July 10 to discuss the possibility of raising funds to increase the P1 million reward which was earlier announced by the provincial government to fast track the arrest of the killers of the murdered mayor.
Engineer Jose Ariel Domingo, NIA division 3 manager, said that Bote has just left his office after having a brief conversation at around 4:30 p.m. when a burst of gunfire was heard.
“Bigla po kaming nakarinig ng sunud-sunod na putok kaya agad kaming lumabas ng opisina, then we were informed by the gate guards that it was Mayor Bote who was gunned down”, Domingo added.
The mayor has just passed by at the NIA office to see his son Dino Bote who has just attended a Pre-bid Conference conducted by the NIA for the construction of various lateral canals amounting to more than P37 million in Gen. Tinio town.
Bote owns the Lisa Construction, a construction firm operating in the.province.