Lambino condemns killing of Pangasinan ex-councilor

Published November 23, 2018, 4:30 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Freddie Lazaro

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union – Pangasinan vice-gubernatorial bet Mark Lambino has decried what he described as the “cold-blooded murder” of Levin Uy, a former three-term councilor of Bayambang town in Pangasinan.

Levin Uy Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN
Levin Uy

Uy was shot by still unidentified assailants in the morning of November 16 while jogging along a dike near his residence in Barangay Poblacion. His companion was wounded.

Authorities have yet to establish the identities of the suspects and the motive for the killing, but Lambino urged the Philippine National Police and the Department of Justice “to conduct a thorough investigation to unmask the perpetrators of the crime and bring them to justice.”

“If this killing of Councilor Uy is politically motivated, there is more reason for us to abhor those behind this treacherous and cowardly act,” Lambino said.

Uy is running for re-election in the next year’s polls and was allied with Bayambang incumbent mayor Cezar Quiambao and Lambino’s running mate, Pangasinan gubernatorial candidate Arthur Celeste, who is mayor of Alaminos City.

In a statement, Lambino praised Uy as “a respected public servant well-loved by the people of Bayambang.”

“He is a great loss to his family, his supporters, and political allies and the whole community,” said Lambino, the eldest son of Secretary Raul L. Lambino, Presidential Adviser for Northern Luzon and concurrent CEZA Administrator and Chief Executive Officer.