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Bacolod City, PhilippinesTuesday, January 25, 2011
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Police eyeing old grudge
in slay of jeepney barker

An old grudge allegedly caused the untimely death of a jeepney barker after he was shot by his neighbor outside his residence in Brgy. Estefania, Bacolod City, Saturday.

The victim was identified by case investigator Police Officer 2 Michael Ferrer yesterday as Jimmy Soreno, 45, of Purok Fortune B, Brgy. Estefania.

Investigation showed that Soreno was on his way out of his residence at about 8:30 p.m. when the suspect Michael Travelles, 28, shot him at close range.

Soreno sustained a gunshot wound on his back and the bullet exited in his abdomen. He was rushed to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival, Ferrer said.

Travelles, who immediately fled after the incident, may have used a .38 caliber revolver in shooting Soreno as there were no slugs recovered from the crime scene, Ferrer also said.

Travelles also injured Soreno in October last year when he shot him with a homemade shotgun. Soreno filed charges for frustrated homicide against Travelles in December, police records showed.

Ferrer said they are now mulling the filing of murder charges against Travelles, who remains at large.

Two persons were also confined at CLMMRH Sunday after they were stabbed in barangays Tangub and Villamonte, in Bacolod.

Police records yesterday identified those injured as Melchor Oro, 19, of Charito Heights Subdivision, Brgy. Granada, and Restituto Montaos, 40, of Purok Habitat in Brgy. Tangub.

Aro sustained a stab wound on his neck when Orlando Sitchon, 20, Eric Morales, 19, both of Purok Bagong Silang and their companion, who was only identified as a certain “John” of Isabela, Negros Occidental ganged up on him at Purok Riverbank in Brgy. Villamonte at about 3:45 a.m.

Morales and Sitchon were apprehended by Station 4 policemen in a follow-up operation, while “John” evaded arrest.

Montaos, meanwhile, sustained a wound on his back when his nephew Michael Gavila, 18, allegedly stabbed him in their house following a verbal tussle at about 9:45 p.m.

Police Officer 3 Rolito Flores said Montaos confronted Gavila when he put off the lights at the second floor of their house, that resulted in the verbal tussle.*APN

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Gun replicas seized at
Bacolod City mall

Several gun replicas being displayed at a mall in Brgy. Mandalagan were confiscated by operatives of the Bacolod City Police Office Public Safety Management Company Sunday morning.

PSMC chief, Supt. Alex Dimaculangan said they received information that the Lighter’s Galore store at the Robinson’s mall was selling lighter gun replicas.

In coordination with Police Station 3 operatives led by Insp. Jose Mulleta, Dimaculangan said they went to the store and seized three gloc pistol lighter replicas, four .22 magnum lighter replicas and five pietro baretta lighter replicas.

He also said that their team also confiscated 11 D/F gun lighter replicas, which were being displayed in the store.

The confiscated items will be disposed of since its sale and display is in violation of Philippine National Police Letter of Instruction Number 1246.

Dimaculangan reiterated his call to all establishment and store owners not to sell toy guns and toy replicas, because some people may use them for criminal activities.*APN

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