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Series of shooting incidents in Negros Oriental puzzles cops

CEBU, Philippines — One shooting incident to another is now happening in different parts of Negros Oriental, leaving the police puzzled over the motives and the perpetrators.

Shot dead at about 2:30 p.m. yesterday in Dumaguete City was a certain Adam Gantalao Corciega, a 38-year-old resident of Jimalalud town in Negros Oriental, who died on the spot after sustaining gunshot wounds on the head and various parts of his body.

Senior Inspector Van Joel Tingson, Dumaguete City deputy chief of police, said Corciega was riding a black Raider motorcycle, in a north-to-south direction, when the assailants, also on a motorcycle, shot the victim from behind with a .45-caliber pistol.

Recovered from crime scene were seven fired shells of a .45-caliber pistol, and the victims personal belongings.

Further investigations also revealed that when the victim was already down, the assailants took the victim’s sling bag believed to contain something.

It was not immediately known if the victim was in the drug watchlist of the Jimalalud Police, and investigators said they are looking into the possibility that it was a robbery-holdup incident. However, Tingson said there are other possibilities that the police are digging deeper into the case.

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A few weeks ago, a policeman in Jimalalud  escaped death when an unidentified gunman shot him from behind on his way home from security duty at the house of the town mayor. The policeman, who survived the attack, said he earlier received death threats from unidentified sources, possibly due to his active involvement in the town’s anti-drug campaign.

Meanwhile, the Sibulan Police investigators are also facing a blank wall yet on the motive of the shooting to death of Luciano Yac, 59 years old, resident of Guihulngan City, and the wounding of his nephew Rodrigo Yac Rabong, after assailants on three motorcycles waylaid them at Ajong Bridge in Sibulan town at noon last Thursday.

Yac was just discharged from the Provincial Hospital late Wednesday afternoon (September 6) after recovering from a gunshot wound he sustained in a failed attempt on his life while in Guihulngan last September 1.

Citing the spate of killings in the province, Governor Roel Degamo yesterday directed Sr. Supt. Edwin Portento, director of the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office to submit to the Capitol investigation reports on all shooting incidents that transpired the past weeks, such as those in Guihulngan City, in the towns of Jimalalud, Dauin, and Sibulan, and in the cities of Bais and Dumaguete.

Degamo wanted a stop to the killings, saying that what happened in Guihulngan City had already caused damage to the economy of the city.

In his message, during the awarding of winners for the Best Tanods, Lupon, and Barangay Peace and Order Councils in the province, Degamo said he has full trust and confidence on Portento in solving the series of shootings in the province. “Without peace, there could be no development,” he added. (FREEMAN)

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