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Security guard shot
in front of city mall

A security guard was shot dead by two unidentified men at Araneta Street, Bacolod City, on Wednesday night. 

Ely Paragsa Jr., of the Ivanjo Security Agency, of legal age and a resident of Purok Boulevard, Brgy. 10, in Bacolod City, was on his way home from his work at the Gaisano City Mall when the two men approached and shot him with a firearm of undetermined caliber, the police said.

Paragsa was rushed at Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital.

Five hours after he was rushed to the hospital, the victim succumbed to a lone gunshot wound on the right portion of his chest at around 1:30 a.m.  yesterday.

Case investigator PO2 Noel Vergara told the DAILY STAR that the incident might be job related since the victim has reproached several shoplifters in their mall.

Vergara also believed that the suspects, who escaped towards the south on a motorcycle, might have planned the assassination of the guard.

The police only have a lone witness to shed light to the shooting incident, Vergara said.

However, the investigator said that the witness was not able to take note of the plate number of the motorcycle of the suspects and could only recognize them by face.

Vergara added that a post-mortem autopsy was conducted on the victim’s body yesterday to aid their investigation.*APN

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‘Wounds indicate
brutal killing’

The 54-year-old Filipina-turned-American citizen whose body was found in an unfinished septic tank in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, was killed brutally, as indicated by the five stab wounds in her neck, the police said.

Supt. Harold Tuzon, San Carlos police chief, yesterday said the suspect, identified as David Canete, a nephew of victim Josefina Canete Furber, may have been under the influence of drugs, when he allegedly committed the crime.

Tuzon said they got information from the relatives of the victim that Canete used prohibited drugs.

Citing results of an autopsy on the body of Furber conducted by Dr. Rene Cam, medico-legal officer of the National Bureau of Investigation in Region 7, Tuzon said contusions were also discovered in her abdomen and in the head, apparently inflicted with a hard object.

Canete, who is now facing murder charges before the City Prosecutor’s Office of San Carlos, is still in hiding after the discovery of the body of his aunt that was found wrapped in a plastic bag, in a septic tank on April 10, near her residence in Brgy. 1, San Carlos.

Although the evidences available to them are all circumstantial in nature, Tuzon said they have seven witnesses who executed affidavits they used in filing the murder charge against Canete.

Tuzon said the husband of Furber, a former American serviceman, immediately stopped sending financial support to the family of Canete, except to the mother of Furber, after the death of his wife.

Police investigations also showed that Furber arrived in San Carlos on March 13, reportedly to question her nephew, Canete, for the unauthorized and excessive withdrawals of cash from her account at the Philippine National Bank.

Police investigations further showed that the bag of Furber containing an undetermined amount of cash, traveler’s checks and important documents, was also missing.

Tuzon said almost all the packages brought by Furber from the United States, were intended for her nephew, Canete. *GPB

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