Drug suspect shot dead in Kabankalan
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Drug suspect shot dead in Kabankalan

Police are investigating at the crime scene in Barangay Bantayan, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, where an alleged drug dealer was shot dead early Wednesday morning. (Photo courtesy of Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office)

By Glazyl Y. male

BACOLOD CITY – An alleged drug addict was shot dead early Wednesday morning at Purok 6, Barangay Bantayan, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.

Police identified the fatal victim as 21-year-old Cedric Jaro of Barangay Locotan.

Based on initial investigation, it was determined that some residents heard gunshots and later found the injured victim on the road at around 2:20 a.m.

According to police, Jaro suffered gunshot wounds to the head and leg and was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Roberto Indiape Jr., head of the city police, said the incident may have been drug-related because the suspects were also flagged for drug possession.

Indiape noted that only one assailant attacked the victim, but it is believed he had companions.

Further actions are ongoing to arrest the suspects.

Meanwhile, in the town of La Castellana, 44-year-old truck driver Moises Padilla from the town was killed after he was shot last Sunday by the son of his partner who lives in Barangay Puso.

Major Rhojn Darell Nigos, head of the city police, said police were investigating the possible motive for the incident as injuries related to a family matter.

Nigos said the 26-year-old suspect was angry because his mother had entered into a new relationship less than a year after his father died.

“He probably felt bad,” added the police chief.

A police investigation revealed that the victim was sitting on a makeshift chair with his friend outside the store when the suspect arrived.

Nigos said the suspect confronted the victim and then shot him. The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to Nigos.

A magazine with two rounds of ammunition and seven shell casings from a .45 caliber firearm were found at the scene.

Nigos said murder charges have been filed against the suspect since last Tuesday. They are also investigating how the suspect obtained the firearm.

Skeletal remains found

Police are having difficulty identifying the skeletal remains found last Monday in a sugarcane field in Hacienda Valing, Barangay Blumentritt, in Murcia city.

Police Captain Rodney Sarona, deputy head of the Murcia Metropolitan Police Department, said a 55-year-old sugar plantation worker discovered the remains while plowing a field.

Sarona said they have liaised with local authorities to check for any missing persons reports since no one has come forward to claim the remains.

He said that identifying the remains, which were buried in a public cemetery in the city, would only be possible on the basis of a DNA test.