2017, July 14
Barely a month after ascending to the mayoralty post, the police arrested Marcos mayor Jessie Ermitanio for multiple murder charges. The Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office (INPPO) accuses Mr. Ermitanio of planning the assassination of former Marcos mayor Arsenio Agustin, whom he replaced by the law of succession just days after the killing. Ilocos Norte provincial police director P/Sr. Supt. Jose Melencio Nartatez Jr. said they earlier detained Bernie Lazo, aka Alex Vergara, one of the suspects in the killing, who in turn pointed to Mr. Ermitanio as the alleged mastermind of the killing.