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.

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