Misamis mayor slain hours after arrest for indecent behavior, assault

October 25, 2019
Ambush vehicle
The crime scene where Clarin Mayor David Navarro of Misamis Occidental province was shot dead. Photo courtesy of ABS-CBN News

GUNMEN shot dead the mayor of Clarin, Misamis Occidental in an ambush yesterday, hours after he was arrested for assault and indecent behavior in a spa in Cebu City.

There were still no other information on the killing of Mayor David Navarro in Cebu City although Police Regional Office 7 director Brig. Gen. Valeriano de Leon said that the local official was killed when armed men ambushed him and his police escorts.

Sketchy reports said that at least four men in a van fired at the victim while he was about to be taken by his police escorts to the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office.

An investigation into the daring ambush is underway.

Cebu City policemen on Thursday arrested the mayor after he was accused of indecent behavior with a massage therapist and for allegedly assaulting another worker.

Navarro was among those named by President Rodrigo Duterte in his “narco-list” in March this year.

Police arrested the mayor at the local airport and are tracking down three of his companions who allegedly helped him beat up a male therapist in the city on Wednesday.

The mayor was charged with physical injuries and acts of lasciviousness upon the complaint of the massage parlor personnel.

An investigation showed that Navarro allegedly punched the male therapist identified as 23-year-old John Dueñas in a massage parlor located in Fuente Osmeña, Cebu City on Wednesday night.

Reports said that the mayor allegedly asked for a female masseuse but when the massage parlor clerk did not heed his request, he purportedly offered to pay P500 to P1,000 to spar with any male available masseur.

A female therapist also accused the mayor of indecent behavior.

The mayor denied all the charges against him and said his lawyer will answer the accusations against him in court.

Brig. Gen. de Leon rejected the request of Navarro to be placed under hospital arrest as he found no medical reason for approving the appeal.

The Central Visayas police commander refused to grant the request of the mayor, saying they are not in the habit of giving special favors or “VIP treatment” to anybody who has violated the law.

De Leon said that the mayor looked “bull-strong” when the victim saw him at the Abellana police station on Thursday night, prompting him to deny his request for “hospital arrest.”

Abellana police chief Maj. Eduard Sanchez was quoted as saying that the mayor complained of severe headache after being taken to the police station, prompting them to seek the help of a medical team.

When checked, it turned out that the mayor’s blood pressure was 140 over 100.

The mayor was in Cebu to attend a seminar.