Laid to rest
Police hope to have a clearer picture of what happened in the Malubog shooting incident.
This developed after Antonio Belande, one of the survivors in the shooting incident, executed an affidavit and submitted it to the police on Friday.
Senior Supt. Royina Garma, Cebu City Police Office chief, said that Belande stated many things on his affidavit that would be a big help to their investigation.
“Malaking tulong talaga kasi nandun siya sa crime scene (His statements would be a big help to the investigation because he was at the crime scene),” said Garma.
Garma, however, said that they had yet to ana- lyze what Belande stated in his affidavit to check if his statements would coincide with the physical evidence or would the content at the crime scene be logical.
However,Garmarefused to reveal the contents of the affidavit, saying that they would not want to compromise the investigation that they were con- ducting.
Five persons were shot deadintheMalubogshooting incident. Two people survived from the shooting incident – Belande and Sharmaine Poran.
Belande opted to seek police help after he was discharged at the hospital while Poran turned to the Commission on Human Rights for help where he was placed under the CHR's witness protection program.
Meanwhile, friends and relatives said their final goodbyes to Karl Cabahug, 33, one of those killed in the Malubog shooting incident.
Cabahug was laid to his final resting place at the Carreta Public Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Richel Cabahug, Karl's mother, said that she promised her son that she would not stop to seek justice for his death.
Richel, however, said that she would wait until all the victims would be buried before she would meet with the relatives of these victims to discuss what their next move would be./ MORE K-9s or bomb sniffing dogs, a post blast investigator, a bomb suit and more handheld radios.
These are the list of items that the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) would seek to have to at least increase the police office's and the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office's capability to respond to bomb explosion cases or life threatening situations.
Senior Supt. Julian Entoma, MCPO director, cited these items after assessing a bomb explosion simulation exercise (Simex) on Saturday at the Mandaue City Hall.
The Simex which lasted for an hour and a half involved at least 90 personnel which included employees and persons inside City Hall at past 9 a.m. that day.
Entoma said that the he would send a request to the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7) on these items that would be needed to increase the capability of the MCPO to respond to bomb blast situations such as the post blast investigator and bomb sniffing K9s.
He also said that he would seek the help of the Mandaue City government to provide them with a bomb suit and more handheld radios which would be important tools for communication during disasters.
He said that the MCPO and the city government only had 60 functioning handheld radios.
He said he would need more radios because he would want even off-duty personnel to have their own radios
A relative holds a photo of Karl Cabahug during his burial at the Carreta Public Cemetery. Cabahug was one of those shot dead in the Malubog incident.