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Senate panel lifts contempt order vs. cop linked to slay attempt in Negros Oriental

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on Wednesday ordered the lifting of the contempt order against a police officer who was linked to an assassination attempt in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental.
At the resumption of the Senate probe into the spate of political killings in Negros Oriental, Senator Jinggoy Estrada made a motion to lift the contempt order against Police Staff Sergeant Noel Alabata.
With no objection from other members of the committee, the motion was approved by the panel chairperson, Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa.
On April 19, Estrada moved to cite Alabata in contempt for his apparent failure to answer questions regarding his alleged involvement in the attack on businessmen Jason Ong and Sandy Tinguha.
Claiming that he did not remember such details, Alabata did not answer questions as to who posted his P120,000 bail, if he had carried firearms during the alleged assassination attempt in March 2021, or why he used aliases such as “Mr. X” and “Alfonso Tan.”
The Senate panel is investigating at least 23 cases of political killings and attacks in the province, including that of slain Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo. —VBL, GMA Integrated News