Health of­fi­cer gunned down in Di­na­gat Is­lands

Manila Bulletin - - Min­danao News - By MIKE U. CRISMUNDO

BU­TUAN CITY – The Pro­vin­cial Health Of­fi­cer (PHO) of Di­na­gat Is­lands (PDI) was gunned down Thurs­day night by an uniden­ti­fied gun­man at Purok 2, Barangay New Mabuhay, Di­na­gat town, Di­na­gat Is­lands prov­ince.

PDI PPO Pro­vin­cial Di­rec­tor Se­nior Supt. Ramir Per­l­ito P. Per­las iden­ti­fied the PDI PHO Of­fi­cer as Dr. Vi­cente L. Soco Jr., 46, a na­tive of San Fran­cisco town, Agu­san del Sur prov­ince.

The Di­na­gat Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Sta­tion (MPS) and PDI PPO said the vic­tim was watch­ing TV while wait­ing for din­ner when an uniden­ti­fied gun­man barged into his house at 7:40 p.m. on Thurs­day and pep­pered Soco with shots from a still uniden­ti­fied cal­iber pis­tol.

Jay-r Por­ras, his com­pan­ion in the house, said that af­ter he heard the gun­shot, he saw Soco fall to the ground and saw the uniden­ti­fied sus­pect walk away, who boarded his mo­tor­cy­cle and fled.

The vic­tim was first brought to Di­na­gat Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal, then was trans­ferred to Caraga Re­gional Hos­pi­tal in Suri­gao City where he ex­pired while un­der­go­ing treat­ment on Fri­day.

Po­lice said the vic­tim was not on the drug watch list nor was he a drug surrenderer of Di­na­gat Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Sta­tion (MPS),.

Fol­low-up in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still be­ing con­ducted by Di­na­gat MPS and PDI PPO to de­ter­mine the mo­tive of the in­ci­dent and iden­tity of the sus­pect.

PRO 13 Re­gional Di­rec­tor Chief Supt. Felix or­dered po­lice forces on that is­land prov­ince to mo­bi­lize to hunt down the per­pe­tra­tor.

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