Mindanao Times

Dinagat provincial dad shot dead in Surigao City


SURIGAO CITY -- Riding-in-tandem gunmen shot dead a member of the Provincial Board member of Dinagat Islands yesterday morning here, police said.

Police identified the victim as Provincial Board Member Wenefredo Olofernes, 52, who was on a motorcycle with his unnamed live-in partner along a national road here when the gunmen’s black Honda motorcycle overtook them and shot the victim.

A police report said Olofernes, a second-term provincial lawmaker, succumbed to a lone bullet wound on the head.

He was brought to the Caraga Regional Hospital located barely a kilometer away from the crime scene but was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.

Maj. Tessiel Moleta of the Surigao City Police Station said they immediatel­y conducted a hot pursuit operation “for identifica­tion and arrest” of the suspects.

Brig. Gen. Gilbert DC Cruz, Police Regional Office-13 director, has offered a reward of P50,000 to anyone who can lead to the identifica­tion and arrest of the suspects, Moleta said

Dinagat Islands Gov. Arlene “Kaka” Bag- ao immediatel­y condemned the killing and called for justice.

“I condemn in the

strongest possible terms the brutal killing of Sanggunian­g Panlalawig­an Board Member Wenefredo Olofernes,” Bag-ao said in a statement released hours after the incident.

“We will ensure the speedy resolution of this criminal act along with the prosecutio­n and conviction of all those involved in the death of Board Member Wenefredo Olofernes,” the governor added.

According to the governor, Olofernes ran as an independen­t and emerged on top of the race in the 1st District with 13,141 votes from the municipali­ties of Basilisa, Libjo, Loreto, and Tubajon.”

“We are in contact with the Philippine National Police in Surigao City and the Caraga Region in order to provide any assistance in the investigat­ion and to put into the light all the facts surroundin­g this incident,” Bag-ao said. (PNA)

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