2 drug per­son­al­i­ties shot dead in Lapu in a span of 3 hours

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Nor­man V. Men­doza COR­RE­SPON­DENT

TWO per­sons al­legedly in­volved in the il­le­gal drugs trade were gunned down by mo­tor-rid­ing as­sailants in sep­a­rate shoot­ing in­ci­dents Tues­day morn­ing in Lapu-Lapu City.

The two shoot­ing in­ci­dents which hap­pened in a span of just three hours, has prompted Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza to or­der the po­lice to im­me­di­ately ap­pre­hend mo­tor­rid­ing crim­i­nals and in­crease po­lice vis­i­bil­ity to de­ter crimes.

Radaza said that the shoot­ing in­ci­dents might give the wrong im­pres­sion to tourists that it is not safe to visit the is­land.

The first in­ci­dent oc­curred in Si­tio Pu­sok Ce­mento in Barangay Pu­sok at 7:50 a.m. wherein one Jerome Igot, 39 who is a res­i­dent of said barangay was gunned down by a lone as­sailant who later boarded a wait­ing mo­tor­cy­cle.

PO3 Mar­ven Sa­raum, in­ves­ti­ga­tor of Homi­cide Sec­tion, re­vealed that the vic­tim was walk­ing to­wards a road from his home when he was shot.

Igot, who wasn’t hit in the neck, was rushed to the La­puLapu City Hos­pi­tal where he was de­clared “dead-on-ar­rival” by the at­tend­ing physi­cian.

Po­lice re­cov­ered an empty shell of .45 cal­iber pis­tol at the crime scene.

Igot was a drug sur­ren­derer based on po­lice records at Pu­sok Po­lice Sta­tion.

The sec­ond shoot­ing in­ci­dent tran­spired at Si­tio Sangi New Road in Barangay Pajo which re­sulted to the death of one Paul Jonathan Om­pad, a res­i­dent of Barangay Basak who was shot sev­eral times by a rid­ing-in-tan­dem while he was driv­ing his mo­tor­cy­cle past 10 a.m.

PO3 Wil­son Mal­ne­gro, of the Homi­cide Sec­tion said that based on wit­nesses’ ac­counts, the vic­tim was travers­ing Sangi road when he was shot sev­eral times by the back rider of a mo- tor­cy­cle tail­ing him. The sus­pects wore full-face hel­mets, Mal­ne­gro said.

Edu­vio Vil­lamor, a friend of the vic­tim who works at La­puLapu City Hall, told po­lice that he was able to talk to the vic­tim a few min­utes be­fore he was shot when the lat­ter passed by the city hall.

He said Om­pad, who was a for­mer barangay tanod of Barangay Basak, was a drug per­son­al­ity who was once ar­rested. Om­pad, Vil­lamor said, was able to post bail and his case is cur- rently be­ing heard.

Po­lice Supt. Rey Tiempo, Deputy City Di­rec­tor for Ad­min­is­tra­tion (DCDA) of La­pulapu City Po­lice Of­fice, said they have been con­duct­ing check­points at least twice a day per po­lice sta­tion but their oper­a­tions are ham­pered due to lim­ited per­son­nel.

He said, that based on their in­ves­ti­ga­tion, most of the vic­tims were drug per­son­al­i­ties killed by ri­val groups or ter­mi­nated for cheat­ing on their trans­ac­tions.

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