CSC exec, 14 others slain in shootings
An official of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and 14 other persons were shot dead in separate incidents in Luzon and Leyte in the past two days. Five of the fatalities were drug suspects.
Lawyer Neil Agustin, CSCCagayan Valley director, was driving his Toyota Altis on his way home to Ilagan, Isabela when he was waylaid in Barangay 10, Tuguegarao, Cagayan on Friday.
Agustin’s aide, Randolf Castañeda, was hit by shards of the broken windshield and taken to a hospital for treatment.
A task force was created to probe the killing.
Also on Friday, an alias Bunso engaged anti-drug operatives in a shootout in Barangay Sto. Tomas, Biñan, Laguna, Superintendent Reydante Ariza, city police chief, said.
Vladimir Gamboa and his unidentified companion were shot in Barangay Canlalay also in Biñan shortly after midnight yesterday.
Ariza said the fatalities were on the drug watchlist in their areas.
Juwel Petilla, councilman of Barangay Himatagon in St. Bernard, Southern Leyte, and Jade Yap drew their guns when they sensed they had sold shabu to policemen who posed as buyers at around 9:35 p.m. on Friday, Superintendent Harri Sucayre of the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit said.
Sucayre said Petilla was ranked second on the drug watchlist in the province while Yap was a known drug supplier in the area.
In Ilocos Norte, construction worker Washington King Felipe Jr., 28, was driving his motorcycle in Barangay Caribquib when he was shot. His wife and child suffered minor injuries.
Police said Felipe was not on the drug watchlist, but a suspect in stoning incidents targeting passenger buses in the province.
Jacinto Alagano, 41, community leader in Barangay Manano, Mallig, Isabela, was in a school feeding program when an unidentified man opened fire. Thrift bank officer Roger Benitez was wounded and remained confined in a hospital yesterday.
Jayson Tolsa was shot while buying cigarettes at a store in Barangay Sabang, Naic, Cavite.
Motorcycle-riding men shot jeepney driver Rovel Tan, 45, in Barangay San Jose Sico, Batangas City; carpenter Ricky Plasabas, 38, in Sta. Elena, Sto. Tomas, Batangas; Danilo Dollante in Dallig, Antipolo, and Jerry Fuller in San Juan, Taytay, Rizal.
In Quezon, Rosalita Sagayno and Norberto Acsalan were shot in Barangay Capulan, Guinayanagna and Malabanban Sur, Candelaria, respectively.
Rafael Jaime was found dead with gunshot wounds near Prinza River in Barangay Salitran 1, Dasmariñas, Cavite.
Police have yet to determine the motives for the killings. –