Carlo Jorge Joan Reyes Is New Negros Oriental Governor
NEGROS ORIENTAL – Following the death of Governor Roel Degamo yesterday, Negros Oriental Vice Governor Carlo Jorge Joan Reyes was sworn in as the new governor of the province.
Roel Degamo, the governor of Negros Oriental, and five other people were shot and killed on Saturday while the politician was distributing aid for 4Ps beneficiaries at his home in Pamplona, Negros Oriental.
According to a report by Decemay Padilla of Super Radyo Cebu on Super Radyo dzBB, Degamo’s family confirmed that he passed away at 11:41 a.m. The Philippine National Police reported that it happened at about 9:50 a.m.
According to the police, six suspects invaded the governor’s home in Pamplona town on Saturday and started shooting while armed with weapons and wearing uniforms similar to those of the military forces.
Degamo is the most recent victim in the Philippines’ long history of attacks on politicians. He is at least the third person shot since the general election of last year.
Carlo Jorge Joan Reyes, the vice governor of Negros Oriental, has been sworn in as the new governor of the province by Interior and Local Government Secretary Benhur Abalos.
Reyes took his oath on March 4, hours after Roel Degamo was assassinated in a brazen shooting, according to a post made by Abalos on Facebook just before midnight on Saturday.
Abalos also denounced the murder of Degamo, where numerous other people were shot and suffered injuries. “As the police and military join forces, expect that we will not stop until justice is secured for the victims of this violence,” he said.
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