Seven killed in sep­a­rate shoot­ing in­ci­dents in Cebu

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By Delta Dyrecka Leti­gio and Ben­jie B. Tal­isic COR­RE­SPON­DENTS

At least seven per­sons were killed in sep­a­rate shoot­ing in­ci­dents in south­ern Cebu from Wed­nes­day (De­cem­ber 5) af­ter­noon to Thurs­day (De­cem­ber 6) morn­ing.

On Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, two men were shot dead in Barangay Pobla­cion 3, Car­car City, after get­ting into a fight with the al­leged shooter days prior.

Car­car City Po­lice chief, Supt. Gre­go­rio Gal­sim iden­ti­fied one of the vic­tims as Ab­ner Baru­tag, 27, while the other vic­tim re­mained uniden­ti­fied. Both suc­cumbed to mul­ti­ple gun­shots wounds.

Gal­sim said that Baru­tag had a con­flict with the al­leged shooter, Jephrel Oman­dac, in the past two days which could be the pri­mary rea­son for the shoot­ing.

Oman­dac man­aged to es­cape and is be­lieved to have al­ready left Car­car City. He is now the sub­ject of a hot pur­suit op­er­a­tion by the Car­car City po­lice.

“Ac­tu­ally there is a pos­si­bil­ity that he might not live here and as of now we’re try­ing to iden­tify him and his re­la­tion to the vic­tims,” Gal­sim added.

The po­lice re­cov­ered a re­volver tucked in the waist­line of the still uniden­ti­fied vic­tim.

Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the shoot­ing may have been trig­gered by Baru­tag’s friend who al­legedly boxed by the sus­pect be­cause of their con­flict. This prompted both vic­tims to con­front Oman­dac, who at that time was in posses­sion of a home­made shot­gun which was al­legedly used to kill the vic­tims.

Eight hours l ater, around 1 a.m. on Thurs­day, three men were killed while an­other one was in­jured in Barangay Ocaña, Car­car City.

Gal­sim iden­ti­fied the fa­tal­i­ties as Premi­tivo Car­ba­jal, Donde Car­ba­jal, and Raprap Navares. An- other per­son, a cer­tain Sher­win Car­ba­jal was also wounded.

Gal­sim said that the vic­tims were drink­ing at the house of Premi­tivo when two uniden­ti­fied men ap­proached the group and fired at them.

Se­nior Supt. Manuel Abru­gena, Di­rec­tor of the Cebu Provin­cial Po­lice Of­fice (CPPO), said that the po­lice are look­ing into the pos­si­bil­ity that the in­ci­dent was drug-re­lated.

He said that one of the vic­tims was a drug sur­ren­derer while the other two were al­leged drug ped­dlers.

“I have al­ready i nstructed the Car­car po­lice to do a fol­low-up op- er­a­tion and to iden­tify the sus­pects of the killings,” said Abru­gena.

He also di­rected the Car­car po­lice to be more vig­i­lant and to dig deeper into the il­le­gal drug trade in the city.

Tal­isay City

At around 11 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, a ha­bal-ha­bal driver was shot dead

in Barangay Lawaan, Tal­isay City, out­side a res­i­den­tial sub­di­vi­sion.

Supt. Marlu Conag, chief of the Tal­isay Po­lice Sta­tion, iden­ti­fied the vic­tim as Michael Bañez, 38.

Conag said Bañez was travers­ing the Cebu South Coastal Road when the two uniden­ti­fied men on board a black mo­tor­cy­cle tailed him and fired at him.

Upon fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice found out that Bañez man­aged to drive his mo­tor­cy­cle for about 80 more me­ters be­fore he fell on the road and suc­cumbed to multi- ple gun­shot wounds on his body.

Conag said that they are still look­ing for the sus­pects and es­tab­lish­ing the mo­tive for the killing of Bañez.

Toledo City

The bul­let-rid­dled body of a cer­tain Re­nato Laborde, 23, was found dumped i n Purok 7, Barangay Bunga, Toledo City, around 7 a.m. on Thurs­day.

Po­lice said they ini­tially learned that Laborde is a ha­bal-ha­bal driver and a res­i­dent of Si­tio Lawis, Barangay Pasil, Cebu City. Supt. Randy Kor­ret, Tole- do City Po­lice Sta­tion chief, said that the vic­tim had mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds on his body.

Kor­ret said res­i­dents in the area saw a ve­hi­cle com­ing from the di­rec­tion of Barangay Das, Toledo City, pass by their area be­tween 11 p.m. on Wed­nes­day to 12 mid­night on Thurs­day.

He said that the ve­hi­cle stopped for a while at the same spot where the body was found.

The ve­hi­cle driver then headed for Barangay La­mac in neigh­bor­ing Pi­na­munga­jan town, Kor­ret added.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO/TOLEDO CITY PO­LICE STA­TION

Scene of Crime Op­er­a­tives process the area where the bul­let-rid­dled body of Re­nato Laborde was found by res­i­dents in the area.

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