A witness in the failed assassination attempt on the newly-elected barangay chairman of Minautok in Calatrava town, Negros Occidental, is being secured by the police pending the filing of charges against the two gunmen reported to be members of the New People’s Army Special Partisan Unit.
Senior Inspector Robert Mansueto, Calatrava police officer-in-charge, yesterday said they are preparing frustrated murder charges against the two suspects, the identity of one had been established through the help of some witnesses.
The victim, identified as Fidel Aninon, 63, sustained gunshot wounds in both legs, abdomen and back, and in his face. Despite his injuries, he survived the attempt of his life on Nov. 18.
“We are securing the witness until the filing of the case,” Mansueto said.
Aninon won as barangay captain of Minautok, a remote village in Calatrava town.
Before fleeing from the scene of the crime, the two gunmen, reportedly members of the NPA Special Partisan Unit, left a note admitting responsibility for the shooting of Aninon.*GPB