ROXAS City – A 36-year-old security guard of the Metro Roxas Water District here died after unidentified motorcycle-riding men sprayed bullets on him recently.
Brando Ubalubao of Sitio Pinamantawan, Brgy. Mianay, Ivisan, Capiz succumbed to eight gunshot wounds on the chest and other parts of the body.
The incident happened about 7:30 a.m. in the middle of a heavy traffic in Brgy. Cagay here, police said.
Insp. William Limjuco, Ivisan police chief, said the suspects shot Ubalubao twice using a .45 caliber revolver.
Ubalubao and a companion were also onboard a motorcycle, he said.
When Ubalubao fell to the ground, one of the suspects shot him four times using a .9mm pistol, said Limjuco.
The suspects fled toward Ivisan town after the incident, sparing the victim’s companion, he said.
Revenge might be the motive of the suspects, according to Martin, Ubalubao’s brother.
On the other hand, Limjuco said the suspects could be hired killers.
Martin identified the victim’s companion as Marcelo Unating, an employee of Provincial Capitol.
Police recovered from the crime scene two empty shells of .45 caliber pistol, five empty shells of .9mm pistol and a deformed slug of an unknown caliber.
Ubalubao was rushed to the Capiz Emmanuel Hospital.
Earlier, Ubalubao was charged for shooting to death a certain Richard Funa of Sitio Pinamantawan, Brgy. Mianay last month, police said.
The Provincial Prosecutor’s Office here has set the preliminary investigation on the case on November 22, said the police.
The police launched a manhunt operation against the suspects. Investigation on the case is ongoing./PN
Lending collectors robbed of P23K
BY FELIPE V. CELINO
ROXAS City – Six men carted away some P23,000 worth of cash from two collectors of a lending company in Brgy. Ongol Ilaya, Dumarao, Capiz recently.
The Dumarao police said the victims were Christian Delfin, 25, and Mark Ian Banhao, 22 — collectors and account executives of Taytay sa Kauswagan Inc. in Dumarao town.
Aside from the cash, the suspects also took away their digital camera and cellular phones, police said.
The suspects, who were wearing bonnets, hurried to the mountainous area of Sitio Palja, Brgy. Ongol Ilaya, Dumarao, said the police.
The police conducted a manhunt operation against them.
In another story, shoppers of Gaisano Mall on Arnaldo Boulevard here panicked after someone shouted of fire inside the Handy Man Hardware stall.
The fire, though minor, was caused by an electrical short circuit at the hardware’s plumbing section, according to Fire Officer 1 Marlon Garbo of the Bureau of Fire Protection here.
Firemen put off the fire using the hardware’s fire extinguisher.
Had the fire not immediately put off, it could have turned the mall into ashes, Garbo said. Business operations in the mall are currently back to normal, he said./PN
Guv to Gumban: Prioritize war against drugs
ROXAS City – Gov. Victor Tanco has ordered the top police official in Capiz to prioritize the fight against illegal drugs.
Tanco directed Capiz Police Provincial Office (CPPO) Director, Senior Supt. Renato Gumban to make the anti-illegal drugs campaign a top priority, according to CPPO Information Officer Donna Asmod.
Tanco considered problems on illegal drugs as a real threat to the province, the reason why he thought it should be given foremost attention, Asmod said.
The governor gave the said order to Gumban during the recent command conference of the Philippine National Police (PNP) here, she said.
The conference was attended by the chiefs of police from the 16 towns of the province, she said.
Tanco instructed the police officials to intensify preventive measures and arrest those involved in drug business regardless of who they are, said Asmod.
During said conference, Tanco cited the accomplishment of the PNP in the recently concluded elections.
He also cited Insp. Zachary Capellan for the recapture of Sulpicio Marcelino, a fugitive drug pusher in the province.
Tanco assured Gumban of his full support to the CPPO, particularly in financial matters for police activities, Asmod said. (Jemin B. Guillermo/PIA)/PN
MAR AND BINAY PREPARING FOR BATTLE ROYALE THIS EARLY ACCORDING to the camp of ex-senator Mar, the Liberal Party did not move against Vice President Jojo Binay's distribution of money to barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan candidates in the recent October elections. A source said it was the right of Binay to give money to his candidates as a gesture of gratitude to the support they extended to him during the May elections. For his part, Mar is preparing for the 2013 elections. He is running for senator again, then in 2013, he will again try his luck in the presidential derby. He is likely to clash with Binay for the top post of the land, and Capiz will be one of their battlegrounds. Capiz is still under the control of the Roxases and the Liberal Party. But come 2016, will the Roxases still hold sway in the province? Say mo, Joc-joc? Ex-Mayor Vic "dies-dies" laughing!
ROXAS CITY HALL OPPOSITIONISTS ROXAS City Councilor Inday Almalbis is the only opposition councilor that supports some of the programs and activities of the Roxas City Hall. The four others, Councilors Joe Agdalipe, Carla Abela, Liga President Wilson Acervo and SK President Katrina Barrios, were not cooperating. It looks like ex-Mayor Vic Bermejo has assured them of political support. Ano, gin lumay sila ni Vic? Say mo, Doc Anisco? Say mo, Koks? Bontay “dies-dies” laughing.