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2 arrested in
shooting of market exec

Police have arrested two suspects in the attempted killing of a female market supervisor of the Mercado de Bais market complex in Bais City, Negros Oriental, Wednesday evening.

A police report yesterday identified the suspects as Janjan Reposo, 32, the suspected gunman; and Vincent Grampon, 18, the motorcycle driver. Both are residents of Sibulan, Negros Oriental.

The two were arrested Thursday evening after they separately turned themselves in to the police, Chief Insp. Ronilo Macasilhig, the Bais City police chief, said.

Both admitted their involvement in the shooting of the market supervisor, Marissa Benlota Silva, 58, married, of Barangay Looc, Bais City. She was shot three times in the left leg, left thigh and left arm.

She was riding a motorcycle with her husband, Leonardo Silva Jr., at around 8:40 p.m. Wednesday on their way home to Barangay Looc when the suspects fired at them in Sitio San Jose, Barangay II in Bais City.

Macasilhig said the first suspect to voluntarily surrender was Grampon at around 7:40 p.m. Thursday.

An hour later, a joint team of police operatives from Sibulan and Bais City proceeded to Tanjay City, where Reposo, said to be the uncle of Grampon, surrendered to the Tanjay police, Macasilhig added.

The police recovered from them seven rounds of ammunition and a .45 caliber revolver, which the suspects said was the same gun used in the shooting.

The arrest of the suspects was made possible because of witnesses who cooperated with the police.

Investigation based on the revelation of the suspects indicated that their employer, a certain Julito Sablada, also known as Joeboy, allegedly ordered them to shoot the market supervisor but did not give any reason, Macasilhig said.

Sablada is the husband of a fish vendor, Ellen, at the Mercado de Bais. She is one of the petitioners who filed a complaint against the Bais City local government unit in line with the latter's move to have the Mercado de Bais leased to a private company, City Legal Officer Lloyd Elmaco said.

The Bais City police said they are now preparing the documents to assist the victim and her husband, as the complainants.

Charges for attempted murder will be filed against Grampon and Reposo, who were scheduled for inquest yesterday afternoon at the earliest, Macasilhig said.

Sablada was invited for questioning by Macasilhig in connection with the claim of the two suspects, but was later cleared, Elmaco said.

He said the LGU of Bais has nothing to do with the filing of the criminal complaint against the two suspects, but Marissa Silva has the support of the city.*JFP/JG/PNA


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