Guard shot dead in Sagay
A security guard was shot several times by his two colleagues and died on the spot in Hacienda Manuela, Brgy. Lopez Jaena in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, at about 8:10 p.m. Thursday.
Sagay Police deputy chief, Insp. Joevito Bose, identified the fatality as Fernando Brillantes, 41, of Brgy. Tagok in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.
Investigation showed that suspects Rudy Carrera, 22, and Greg Dormido, 33, both of Kabankalan, broke into the makeshift hut of Brillantes and shot him without provocation, with a 12-gauge shotgun and a .45 caliber pistol, Bose said.
Four empty shells of .45 caliber pistol, two empty cases of 12-gauge shotgun, a leather holster, a cellular phone, and a fragmentation of an MK2 hand grenade were recovered at the crime scene, and two magazines of .45 caliber pistol loaded with several bullets were seized from the pockets of Brillantes, Bose added.
He said they are eyeing a misunderstanding in duty delegation as a motive for the shooting of Brillantes, who was in charge of the guards and was allegedly too strict.
Carrera, a former member of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit, and Dormido, brought the .45 caliber pistol of Brillantes with them when they escaped, the police said.
Charges for murder are being readied against Carrera and Dormido, both assigned to the Tribu Farm in the hacienda. The police is waiting for the family of Brillantes to request for an autopsy, Bose added.*SGG
The Bacolod City Bureau of Fire Protection is urging the public to always secure electric connections to prevent fires, with only 18 days left before Christmas, Chief Insp. Bartolome Beliran, fire marshal, said yesterday.
Beliran said Christmas lights must have product standard sticker marks on them to ensure that they are not substandard.
The Christmas lights, when plugged, should not exceed the capacity of the outlet to avoid overloading. Octopus connection, or plugging multiple electronic devices into only one outlet, is not advisable as it may overheat and cause fire, he said.
Electrical wirings should not be placed near highly-flammable chemicals nor should it be taped on things made of light materials. “Avoid placing electrical wirings under rugs since they are prone to friction, that might cause sparks,” Beliran said.
Changing of the fuse to cater to loads required by too many Christmas or electric lights, and wire-tapping, are being discouraged, Beliran said.
He said the public should inspect the electrical wirings and appliances regularly for possible animal bites or open wires.
When leaving the house, occupants should turn off the main switch, he said.
Fire extinguishers or buckets of water and sand should be readied in case of fire. Putting fire out with water is only advisable after all electric connections have been turned off, adding that wet blankets could also be used in extinguishing fire, Beliran said.*SGG
2 farmers complain
Two farmers complained that they were harassed and threatened by soldiers and blue guards in barangays Tapi and Camansi, both in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, recently.
Fidel Gelaga, 24, of Brgy. Tapi in Kabankalan, said yesterday that he was on his way to his farm to harvest string beans at about 7 a.m. on November 16, when several soldiers blocked his way and forced him to take off his clothes and underwear.
He said the soldiers, whom he believed to be members of the 47th Infantry Battalion, took photos and videos of him naked, and asked him if he had a metal spade so they could bury him.
He claimed they forced him to admit that he was a member of the New People’s Army, in exchange for P50,000 and a carabao.
In Brgy. Camansi, also in the city, four unidentified guards fired their guns for no apparent reason at about 6 a.m. Thursday, farmer Mansueto Gatillas Sr. said.
Gatillas, Gelaga, and the Negros Chapter of Karapatan, Promotion of Church People's Response and the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan yesterday called for justice for victims of human rights violation.
Clarizza Singson Dagatan, regional coordinator of Karapatan-Negros, said in a press conference at the Pope John Paul II tower in Bacolod City yesterday that victims of extrajudicial killings already numbered 152 in the country.
She said human rights violations in the province were alarming and must be addressed immediately.
Bayan-Negros secretary general Christian Tuayon said they will hold a rally in southern Negros Monday and in Bacolod Tuesday in line with the 65th Year of the International Human Rights Day.*SGG