Manila Bulletin

Ex-mayor shot, wounded in Bayam­bang

- By LIEZLE BASA IÑIGO DE VERA Crime · Incidents · Malapatan · Austria · Manila · Slovenia · Dagupan City

BAYAM­BANG, Pan­gasi­nan — A for­mer mayor of this mu­nic­i­pal­ity was shot and crit­i­cally wounded while hav­ing cof­fee with some ac­quain­tances in front of his house in Barangay Pobla­cion Sur, here, early yesterday morn­ing.

Ini­tial re­ports reach­ing Su­per­in­ten­dent Fer­di­nand de Asis, Pan­gasi­nan Po­lice Pro­vin­cial Of­fice (PPO) spokesman, said for­mer mayor Leo­ca­dio de Vera, 62, was shot by a lone gun­man with a .45-cal­iber pis­tol at 4:55 a.m.

Supt. Greg Gal­sim, lo­cal chief of po­lice, said De Vera was hit in the left side of his body and man­aged to pull out his firearm and re­turn fire.

“We just don’t know if he (the ex­mayor) was able to hit his as­sailant,” Gal­sim said.

A wit­ness in­ter­viewed by the Manila Bul­letin said: “Naglakad lang ang sus­pect mat­a­pos bar­ilin si Leo (The sus­pect walked away af­ter shoot­ing Leo).”

The same wit­ness, a res­i­dent here who re­quested anonymity, said De Vera had been re­ceiv­ing death threats lately.

The vic­tim was ini­tially rushed to the Re­gion 1 Med­i­cal Cen­ter (R1MC) in Dagupan City, this province, but later trans­ferred to the in­ten­sive care unit (ICU) of an undis­closed pri­vate hos­pi­tal.

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