Provin­cial health of­fi­cer gunned down

Tempo - - Front Page - By MIKE U. CRISMUNDO

BU­TUAN CITY – A Provin­cial Health Of­fi­cer (PHO) in the Prov­ince of Di­na­gat Is­lands (PDI) was gunned down Thurs­day night by a lone uniden­ti­fied gun­man in his house at Purok 2, Barangay New Mabuhay, Di­na­gat town, Di­na­gat Is­lands prov­ince.

Ac­cord­ing to the ini­tial re­port re­ceived by the North­east­ern Mindanao Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice 13 (PRO 13) from the PDI Po­lice Provin­cial Of­fice (PPO), the victim was im­me­di­ately brought to the Di­na­gat District Hos­pi­tal by a com­pan­ion for med­i­cal treat­ment. He was trans­ferred to the Caraga Re­gional Hos­pi­tal in Suri­gao City be­fore he even­tu­ally ex­pired on Fri­day, the PDI PPO re­port added.

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

Ac­cord­ing to the Di­na­gat Mu­nic­i­pal Po­lice Sta­tion (MPS) and PDI PPO the victim was watch­ing TV while wait­ing for din­ner at round 7:40 p.m. when an uniden­ti­fied gun­man barged in and pep­pered him with bul­lets from a still uniden­ti­fied cal­iber pis­tol.

“Jay-r Por­ras, his com­pan­ion in the house at the time of the in­ci­dent said he saw Dr. Soco fall down wounded. He also saw the sus­pect flee­ing on board a mo­tor­cy­cle,” the PDI PPO re­port said.

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

Mean­while, PDI lone district solon Rep. Ar­lene “Kaka” Ba­gao on Satur­day con­demned the mur­der of Dr. Soco.

“He is a great loss to our prov­ince and my of­fice gives its full com­mit­ment to as­sist in seek­ing jus­tice for Dr. Soco. Vi­o­lence and in­jus­tice have no place in our prov­ince,” the PDI solon said, in a state­ment.

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