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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, September 22, 2014
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Minor stabs policeman
BY SHIELA GELERA

A policeman, who responded to a rumble at the Food Park, at 21st-Lacson streets in Bacolod City was stabbed by a minor, at about 11 p.m. Saturday.

Police Officer 1 Ryan Lumogdang, of Police Station 2, sustained two stab wounds on his arm and was brought to the Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital, the station’s head, Inspector Stephen Boniba, said yesterday.

The minor, identified by the police as Mark Gavila, had gunshot wounds on his feet and stomach and is now confined at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, Boniba said.

Investigation showed that Lumogdang and Police Officer 1 Junmar Belardo responded to reports of a rumble incident at the Food Park and were told that one of those who participated in the ramble was hiding behind a Mitsubishi Pajero sports utility vehicle, Boniba said.

Lumogdang and Belardo introduced themselves as police officers and they alighted from their motorcycle, but Gavila stabbed Lumogdang with an ice pick, Boniba said.

He said Lumogdang shot Gavila on the feet but he continued to stab the policemen, prompting Belardo to shot him.

The metal part of the ice pick was still buried in Lumogdang’s arm when he was brought to the hospital, while its handle was recovered from Gavila, Boniba said.

While Belardo was trying to neutralize Gavila, two construction workers, identified as Robert Marañon, 26, of Barangay Mandalagan in Bacolod and Jenmor Valenzuela, 30, of Murcia town, Negros Occidental attempted to stab the policeman, Boniba said.

Marañon and Valenzuela were arrested and are now locked up at Station 2. They both denied involvement in the rumble and the allegation that they attempted to stab Belardo.

A knife was recovered from Valenzuela, the police said.

Boniba said charges for frustrated homicide and direct assault upon an agent of person in authority will be filed against Gavila, who claimed he is only 17 years old but has not presented any proof of it.

Valenzuela and Marañon may face attempted homicide charges, Boniba said.*SGG

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