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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, April 2, 2018
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A bloody Holy Week


The celebration of Holy Thursday and Good Friday were both marred by violent incidents, with three persons killed, and seven others injured in Negros Occidental, while authorities were on full alert status.

Luciano Montilla, 38, died on the spot, after he was shot by four suspects on Good Friday, after he and his father, Luciano de Lima, had withdrawn money from a pawnshop in Brgy. Inayawan, Cauayan.

De Lima, a barangay kagawad of Baclao in Cauayan town, also sustained a gunshot wound in his right buttock. But he survived the attempt on his life, the police said.

Montilla, who did not use the family name of his father, was shot by his assailants, who were armed with .45 caliber pistols, without any provocation, while he and his father were about to board their motorcycle, Cauayan police investigation showed.

De Lima sought refuge at the pawnshop after he got the attention of the gunmen, Chief Inspector Gary Alan Resuma, Cauayan police chief, said.

Resuma added that the De Lima, who was also injured and was armed with a .38 caliber revolver, wanted to retaliate by shooting the assailants of his son, but he was not able to do so because of the presence of many people.

The gunmen disarmed De Lima of his gun, but spared him from further harm, the Cauayan police said.

Montilla, who succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds, was linked to a shooting incident and the alleged molestation of a minor, Baclao barangay chairman Roselo Delocanog Sr. told the Cauayan police.

A homemade .38 caliber revolver was also recovered from Montilla, the police said.

On Good Friday, a farmer identified as Sunny Villamor also died after he was shot allegedly by Joseph Dequitos in Sitio Bayog, Brgy. Camansi, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.

But Villamor managed to stab Josing Caliwa, the companion of Dequito, who opened fire, but failed to hit him.

Caliwa is now being treated for his stab wound at a hospital in Bacolod City.

The police recovered a bladed weapon with scabbard, eight fired cartridges of 9mm and .45 caliber pistols at the scene of incident.

A certain Jaime Mendez Sr. succumbed to a stab wound in the chest, after the police reported that he was accidentally stabbed by his younger brother, Alex, during a wake in Brgy. Tuguis, Hinigaran, on the same day.

The victim was declared dead on arrival at the Hinigaran Emergency Clinic, the police said.

Also injured in separate shooting, stabbing and hacking incidents in Negros Occidental were Bartolome Tanjay, Joe Vincent Andrin, Danny Lobaton and Roque Biene.

Except for Francisco Mojello, a suspect in the stabbing of Biene in Brgy. Bulanon, Sagay City on Holy Thursday, who was arrested by the police, all the other perpetrators have remained at-large, as of press time.*GPB


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