Barangay cap­tain’s shooter iden­ti­fied, re­mains at large

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Agnes Alpuerto COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Two weeks after the shoot­ing of a barangay cap­tain in Man­daue City, the gun­man re­mains on the run.

Man­daue Po­lice Sta­tion 1 has given the nick­name “June” as the main sus­pect in the shoot­ing of Man­tuy­ong barangay cap­tain An­tonino Maquilan.

The vil­lage chief died of a car­diac ar­rest after he was shot early morn­ing on May 3.

“As of now, we do not have the spe­cific iden­tity yet. But we will im­me­di­ately file a case once we iden­tify the gun­man,” Sta­tion 1 chief Se­nior Insp. Janelito Mar­quez said.

A com­put­er­ized fa­cial com­pos­ite sketch was re­leased last week. Based on the sketch, the sus­pect is be­lieved to be around 40 to 45 years old, has a fair com­plex­ion and medium body build.

Mar­quez­saidthatafterthe fa­cial sketch was made pub­lic, his of­fice re­ceived mul­ti­ple tips on the where­abouts and iden­tity of “June.”

How­ever, the re­ports did not yield pos­i­tive re­sults.

“Didto nami og Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City ug diri sa Man­daue, but when we ques­tioned the per­son, neg­a­tive man (We went to Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City and here in Man­daue, but the per­son we ques­tioned was not the shooter),” Mar­quez said.

Man­tuy­ong’snew­barangay cap­tain Juanito Urot, for his part, said that the barangay is ea­ger to co­op­er­ate in po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Urot added that the se­cu­rity in Man­tuy­ong has re­mained tight.

A to­tal of 20 tan­ods do nightly rov­ing.

“Pagkakaron, mokuyog ko sa mga tanod inig rov­ing aron per­sonal ko nga maka­pa­mad­long sa mga dili motu- man sa 10 p.m. cur­few (For now, I do the rov­ing my­self so I can per­son­ally in­form the peo­ple to fol­low the 10 p.m. cur­few),” said Urot, who took oath on May 16.

He also as­sured Man­tuy­ong res­i­dents that the barangay re­mains safe and se­cure de­spite the in­ci­dent.

How­ever, some of the fam­i­lies liv­ing near the eatery where Maquilan was shot feel fear­ful.

“Syem­pre na­had­lok gyud mi. Kap­i­tan na gud na namo ang gi­pusil (Of course the in­ci­dent scared us, es­pe­cially that it was our vil­lage chief who was shot),” Jouyer Mar­son said.

He said that they now close their home at 7 p.m., ear­lier than their usual 10 p.m. sleep­ing time.

Mar­son added that the ar­rest of the shooter will not only bring jus­tice to the death of Maquilan, but will also give them sense of se­cu­rity.

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