Two members of the Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade were shot and killed at about 2:30 a.m. yesterday, at an hacienda compound in Brgy. Sag-ang, La Castellana, Negros Occidental.
Senior Inspector Ruben Pajarito, La Castellana police chief, said the high-powered firearms, an M-14 assault rifle and a KG9 pistol, of the two victims identified as Jomar Toritcilla and Lenmar Pat, were also missing, and are believed to have been taken by the suspect.
Pajarito said the suspect, identified as Carlo Apostol, a former security guard, who was having a drinking spree with the two victims, and four others at the compound of Hacienda Angelita in the barangay, before the incident, is also nowhere to be found.
Toritcilla,33, of Brgy. Nayon, San Enrique, sustained three gunshot wounds in his body, while Pat, 34, succumbed to a gunshot wound in the head, police investigations showed.
Another RPA-ABB member, Nick Tumbagahan, who had also joined the drinking spree, survived the shooting incident, Pajarito said.
Thirteen empty shells of a .45 caliber pistol were recovered at the crime scene by La Castellana police investigators.
Pajarito said they received reports that Apostol, a watchman of the hacienda, had met some persons, while fleeing from the crime scene.
He also said they are looking at “agaw armas operations” as among the motives for the killing of the two RPA-ABB members. * GPB