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CAA man in gun-slay of
detachment head yields

The Civilian Armed Auxiliary (CAA) member of the Philippine Army who allegedly shot dead his detachment commander surrendered to the police yesterday in Barangay Owacan, Jimalalud town, Negros Oriental, at around 9:32 p.m. Monday.

Police identified the suspect as CAA Rayan Cataluna, a resident of Majanlud, Jimalalud, and assigned to the Delta Company detachment, 12th Infantry Battalion of the Army in Owacan.

Cataluna allegedly shot his detachment commander, T/Sgt. Cilito Abindan, with his government-issued M-14 rifle. Abindan was hit on his back and died instantly, the police report said.

Cataluna later fled with the rifle, but voluntarily surrendered to the Jimalalud police yesterday. Initial investigation showed that he allegedly shot Abindan when he learned that he was going to be transferred.

Lt. Col. Paulito Idul, 11th IB commander, confirmed this in a telephone interview, and said Cataluna also surrendered his M-14 rifle to the Jimalalud police.

While the Owacan detachment is under the 11th IB, administrative matters involving Cataluna and fatal shooting of Abindan are being handled by the 12th IB, headed by Lt. Col. Wilfredo Isaac.*JFP

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