TACLOBAN CITY – The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Eastern Visayas filed a murder case against San Isidro, Leyte town Mayor Remedio B. Veloso and five others before the Leyte Provincial Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 in connection with the killing of a town’s former employee.

Veloso was charged along with his older brother businessman Emmanuel Veloso, Police Officer Manuelito Sidaya, Cayetano Dagandan III, an employee of the San Isidro local government unit, and unknown individuals tagged as John Doe and Peter Doe for the death of administrative officer Levi Mabini.

Mabini was killed last May 8, 2019 at around 7:30 in the morning when unidentified men strafed the house of then Mayor Susan Ang in Barangay Capiñahan that he was visiting.

The incident also wounded Jea Itang, 19, a bystander and Joseph Misa, 26, Mabini’s companion.

Emmanuel was arrested on January 19 this year for illegal possession of firearms after policemen, implementing a search warrant, found two guns and assorted ammunition in his residence.

The Velosos have denied involvement in the Mabini killing.

Veloso’s sister, Juanita Veloso, 77, a retired administrator of the San Isidro municipal government, was killed in an ambush on December 21 last year in Kananga, Leyte. By Elmer Recuerdo (EV Mail March 20-26, 2023 issue)