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Commentary: A shattered peace in San Carlos City

By Behn Fer. Hortaleza, Jr.

PANGASINAN (5 September) -- THERE are killings everywhere in San Carlos City. And fellow mediamen here are one in the assessment that this blood-spilling especially last week when three, count that, three gunslayings were committed cannot be "isolated" cases as a ranking police officer of Pangasinan prefers to call it.

The situation has gotten to the point where many people, especially residents, are beginning to think it's the pre-martial law San Carlos all over again when the city earned the monicker of Tombstone City (after the famous, if legendary, American West city of gunslingers and bounty hunters).

Criminal lawyer Conrado "Pac-pac's" daylight roadside killing on Mabini St. just capped that gory week of violence in Mayor Ayoy Resuello's city. There is reason to fear more bodies will be falling in the streets soon as hired killers are working overtime with impunity with the cops left at the scene to count the empty bullet shells and identifying the slumped and dead body each time.

The late former Mayor Julian "Jolly" Resuello, the present mayor's father, had worked hard and long to restore an image of peace in that central Pangasinan city during his long term. Just when he had stilled the guns and goons, and business had started to boom, it was unfortunate the angels of death got to him on that fateful evening at the city plaza last April 28.

Many say the young mayor Ayoy has yet to summon his father's no-nonsense sheriff style and resolve in ruling the City of the White-Eared. And the goons are merrily testing his mettle. He'll have to show teeth and roar more from here on, if he wants San Carlos to remain his father's Dream City. (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]

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