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Policeman survives
assassins’ gunshots

A police officer of the Internal Affairs Service assigned in nearby Siquijor province was shot by two unidentified motorcycle riding suspects at Barangay Liptong, Bacong, Negros Oriental, while he was on his way home at about 9 a.m. yesterday.

Initial police investigation showed that Inspector Reynaldo Costas was driving his motorcycle when the two suspects, whose faces were covered, overtook him and opened fire at him.

Costas, who suffered three gunshot wounds to his chest, stomach and near his groin, was rushed to the Holy Child Hospital in Dumaguete where he is scheduled for surgery, provincial police director, Senior Supt. Rey Lyndon Lawas, said.

Bacong police chief, Senior Insp. Leopoldo Ijan, told Lawas that Costas is out of danger and had managed to talk to him at the hospital. Costas said he did not recognize the suspects as they were wearing bonnets.

Ijan said Costas was able to fire back at the suspects.

The police recovered slugs and spent shells of a 9-millimeter handgun from the crime scene.

Investigators are now eyeing different angles for the possible motive of the slay attempt on Costas, including sensitive administrative complaints against fellow police officers in Siquijor and Negros Oriental that he is handling, Lawas said.

Lawas urged police personnel in the province to step up vigilance and take extra safety measures to protect themselves from similar attacks, especially in the line of duty.

He said some people may not understand that the police are just doing their jobs and would take it as a personal grievance against them.*JFP/MA



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