VM Villaflor, ex-mayor Malabor face arrest for Hilario slay


The Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 63 in La Carlota City, Negros Occidental ordered the arrest of Moises Padilla Vice Mayor Adrian Villaflor, former Isabela mayor Joselito Malabor, and 12 others.

They were charged with murder for the death of Moises Padilla Councilor Jolomar Hilario in March 2019.

Judge Cyclamen Jison-Fernandez issued the warrants of arrest dated February 15. (

The 12 others were Vincent Garcia, Felisa Flores-Villaflor, Jonathan Villaflor, Jose Morito Flores, Jimmie Don Plaza, Amy Locsin, Armando Cordero, Roel Bero Sarillo, Jason Ledio Abria, Raymond Estorca Gabitanan, Richard Gelonga Sarillo, Jr., and Joemer Salgado Pablo.

In Criminal Case No. 6495, the respondents were accused of planning on March 23, 2019 in Barangay Sebucawan, Isabela to kill Hilario.

The victim was attacked in his house in Barangay Inolingan, Moises Padilla on March 31 supposedly by respondents Sarillo, Abria, Gabitanan, Sarillo, Jr., and Pablo.

Based on the 2019 official report of the Moises Padilla town police, armed men who claimed to be members of the New People’s Army barged into Hilario’s house and peppered him with bullets while hiding under the bed.