Baby, farmer’s wife killed, two wounded in shooting incident in ValenciaBy: Judy Flores-Partlow

June 1, 2010 8:35 pm 

DUMAGUETE CITY, June 1 – A one-year old girl and a woman were killed while two others were wounded in a shooting incident in Valencia, Negros Oriental over the weekend in what police investigators say was triggered by a long-standing family grudge.

Valencia police have already identified the suspects but declined to name them pending further investigation and the filing of charges against them, said town police chief Sr. Insp. Ronilo Macasilhig.

Initial investigation revealed that last Saturday morning, barangay chairman Gilberto Barias of Dobdob, Valencia reported to the police of the shooting incident at the residence of Adrian Namuco, a farmer, and his wife Enriquita.

Barias said Enriquita died on the spot and was buried on Sunday at the Dobdob cemetery while Adriano Namuco, who sustained gunshot wounds, was taken to Sitio Avocado in Barangay Talalac, Sta. Catalina town en route to the Bayawan City District Hospital.

Hours later, Dobdob barangay councilor Antonio Ramirez also informed the police that they had also found two more victims in the same shooting incident, namely Elma Quilpio, who sustained gunshot wounds, and her one-year old daughter who died of bullet wounds.

The baby was also buried right away in the barangay cemetery while the mother was rushed to the hospital in Bayawan.

The mother and the toddler were temporarily staying at the Namuco residence at the time of the shooting, said Macasilhig.

An initial police report said that New People’s Army rebels were believed to have perpetrated the crime, however, in a follow up investigation at the hospital where the two survivors were being treated, it turned out that a long standing family grudge involving a land dispute was the motive for the crime, he said.

Macasilhig said that the daughter of the Namuco couple, who was in the house when the shooting took place, has positively identified one of the two armed suspects as a neighbor with whom her parents had a land dispute.

The police chief also said that a shotgun was used by the suspects, as seen on shrapnel wounds on the survivors.

Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Erwin Bernard Neri, commanding officer of the 79th Infantry Battalion, said that based on his assessment, the way the shooting was carried out was not the trademark of the NPA rebels.

He said that NPA hit men usually take out their subjects with the use of a .45 caliber pistol or even an M-16 rifle, and would leave a note stating the motive of the crime. (PNA) RMA/JFP

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