Ex-village chief pleads guilty for homicide attempt

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

FORMER Silay City village chief Noel Ayalin pleaded guilty on lesser charges of two counts of attempted homicide he is facing before the Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) Branch 37 during his arraignment Monday.

However, he will still be arraigned on June 9 for four counts of direct assault with murder and three counts of qualified direct assault with frustrated murder.

Ayalin, escorted by personnel of Metro Bacolod District Jail (MBDJ), was accompanied by his legal counsel Mira Go of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) when he appeared before MTCC Branch 37 Judge Eunice Cuansing Monday morning.


The former village chief's succeeding arraignment before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 69 in Silay City for murder and frustrated murder was also rescheduled after two weeks because he doesn’t have a lawyer for these cases yet.

RTC Branch 69 Judge Felipe Banzon assigned PAO lawyer Danilo Pabalinas to handle Ayalin’s murder cases.

Meanwhile, after Ayalin pleaded guilty for two counts of attempted homicide, Cuansing sentenced him to serve three months to one year and six months of imprisonment, said Chief Inspector Larry Fuentes, warden of MBDJ.

Fuentes said the court will issue a written order of the sentence of Ayalin, who will still be detained at the MBDJ while the trial for his other cases is ongoing.

The two counts of attempted homicide were filed by Jomarie Occeña, personnel of Barangay Kapitan Ramon, and barangay tanod Joeffrey Latorgo.

Ayalin, who once served as barangay chairman of Kapitan Ramon, Silay City, has not been granted bail on four counts of direct assault with murder.

The three counts of qualified direct assault with frustrated murder has a bail of P200,000 each.

Named by the police as Western Visayas’ most wanted criminal, Ayalin was arrested on May 17 at Purok 2, Barangay Palanginan, Iba, Zambales.

He became a fugitive for more than three years after he killed in a shooting spree four village officials, and injured four others.

The four fatalities were council members Luzviminda Cotamen, Pedrito Orocio, Freddie Juno, and Youth Council chairperson Imee Occeña.

Village chief Ramon Celebre, Ayalin’s successor, was among those injured when Ayalin fired at them while they were conducting a session.

Fuentes said the families of the victims also attended the arraignment.

He said MBDJ jail officers who escorted Ayalin were assisted by Silay City Police Station personnel in the crowd control.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 27, 2014.

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