Barangay Official Arrested for Murder in Negros Occidental
On Wednesday, December 13, police in Barangay Nataban, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental arrested barangay official Joel Ramas, who was wanted for murder. Ramas, 53, is the city’s most wanted person, according to Police Lt. Col. Jesus Mesahon Jr., San Carlos police chief. The arrest warrant for Ramas was issued by acting Presiding Judge Reginald Mercurio Fuentebella of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 59 in San Carlos City on December 1.
Ramas was wanted for the 2010 murder of his cousin, which stemmed from a land dispute. Despite filing a motion in court to reduce the case from murder to homicide in order to post bail, the court ultimately sentenced him for murder and did not grant him bail under the arrest warrant.
Police are currently awaiting a court order to transfer Ramas to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).