Trisikad driver shot dead
A motorcycle-riding man, wearing a helmet, bonnet and shades, shot a “trisikad” driver at about 7 p.m. Friday, in Bangga Tomaro, Brgy. Pahanocoy in Bacolod City.
Station 8 deputy chief, Insp. Richard Fajarito, identified the victim as Noe Carmelotes, 28, of Purok Cabugwason, Brgy. Cabug, Bacolod.
Carmelotes, who sustained multiple gunshot wounds was brought to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital but was declared dead on arrival at about 7:20 p.m., police records show.
Investigation showed that the suspect, on board a white motorstar motorcycle, had been seen earlier hanging around the area, and was asking if Carmelotes was driving there.
Fajarito said Carmelotes was shot several times before the suspect fled. But the police have established a motive for the shooting and it is believed to be revenge, as the victim had a previous case of murder, he said.
Four empty shells of still unknown caliber recovered in the crime scene, were turned over to the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office crime laboratory for ballistic examinations, Fajarito added.*SGG
for ‘pin guns’
Five days before the Commission on Elections gun ban is lifted, two persons spotted with improvised firearms known as “pin guns” in Bacolod City were arrested by the police Friday.
The suspects were identified as Bernard Bermadas, 53, of Purok Pag-asa, Brgy.17, and Marc Anthony Sotto, 27, of San Mateo, Brgy. Banago, both in Bacolod, police records show.
The police said Bermadas was nabbed by Station 2 policemen at about 5:15 p.m. in Purok Pag-asa, Brgy. 17, and an improvised firearm with .35 caliber ammunition was recovered from him.
Station 3 policemen went with the complainant, Mary Joy Absin, 38, of Purok Langis, Brgy. Banago, to San Mateo, also in the barangay at about 12 p.m., and nabbed Sotto for illegal possession of an improvised firearm with two live ammunition for a 5.56 mm rifle, police records show.
Charges for violation of the COMELEC gun ban and Republic Act 8294, or the illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, are expected to be filed against the suspects, before the Bacolod City Prosecutor’s Office.*SGG
10 die in mishap
The Police Regional Office in Cordillera yesterday confirmed that 10 died and seven were seriously injured when a mini-truck plunged into a 300-meter deep ravine at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Buguias, Benguet, some 55 kilometers north of Baguio City.
Police said the number of fatalities was based on body count, and corrected earlier reports of 11 fatalities.
Based on the report of the Buguias Police to PROCOR, the dead were identified as Enra Pusay, Manuel Langbis, Bino Waklin, Malania Madiano, Alfredo Patian, Herdelina Igualdo, Arnaldo Madiano, Melanio Igualdo, Kimberly Waklin, and Biano Holsin.
Senior Superintendent Dave Limmong said the injured, now being treated in various hospitals, were identified as Basilio Baldos, Osorio Agyabas, baby Kimberly Waklin, Marietta Gaspili, Wella and Bren Waklin and truck driver Ambrosio Mensi.
Limmong said they are still investigating the cause of the accident.
Initial reports said the victims were on their way home after a thanksgiving party of the elected mayor of Buguias town when the accident happened.
It added that it was raining hard in the area and that fog was drifting low at the time of the accident.*PNA