‘Highway robber' killed in
A suspected member of the highway gang, who robbed a bus in Barangay Jugno, crossing Silab in Amlan, Negros Oriental, at around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday, was killed in a shootout with policemen.
The fatality was identified as Jonnel Inocerta Sotillo, of Sitio Hayugan in Barangay Malaunay, Valencia, by town police chief, Senior Insp. Wilfredo Villoria, who said he believes he was a member of the highway robbery gang headed by a certain Michael Garsula.
Amlan police chief, Senior Insp. Edwin Tuble, said Sotillo and a companion boarded a Ceres bus, with body number 7412 and driven by Andrew Silorio, in Tiguib, Bindoy. When it arrived in Brgy. Jugno, the two suspects declared a hold-up and divested bus conductor Virgilio Bayabos of around P11,000 in fare money, and the passengers of their belongings. They then alighted from the vehicle at an intersection leading to Silab in Amlan.
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