Police probe killing of CAFGU member in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental

March 20, 2012 2:02 am 

DUMAGUETE CITY, March 19 – A member of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines was shot dead by a small band of armed men in the village of Budlasan in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental over the weekend.

An initial police report said the victim, identified as Giovani Dandan, a CAFGU member of Barangay Budlasan in Canlaon City, died of multiple gunshot wounds upon arrival at the Canlaon District Hospital.

Dandan was riding a motorcycle-for-hire or “habal-habal” on his way home to Budlasan when six unidentified men armed with caliber .45 and 9-MM handguns opened fire at him at a bridge at the sub-village of Pinamintagan.

The habal-habal driver and the militiaman managed to flee but the suspects put up a chase and continued shooting at the victim, the police report said.

The driver of the habal-habal motorcycle was identified as Roger Taub. It was not established by initial police reports whether he was hurt in the attack on the CAFGU member.

Police investigation revealed the suspects immediately fled the crime scene, where investigators recovered two empty shells of caliber .45 and one spent shell of a 9-millimeter handgun.

The police are still investigating further reports that the suspects were possibly members of the New People’s Army (NPA) who are celebrating their anniversary on March 29.

Col. Francisco Patrimonio, commander of the 302nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army based in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, said it is a possibility the NPAs were behind the recent shooting in Canlaon City considering the victim was a paramilitary man working for government.

Patrimonio, however, said there could well be other reasons for the gun-slay of Dandan. (PNA) LAP/JFP

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