Suspected New People's Army rebels shot and killed a rape suspect Wednesday night in Sitio Patlangka, Brgy. Magballo, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, police chief Supt. Rhea Santos reported yesterday.
The victim was identified by the Kabankalan police as George Garingo, alias Colasing, of Bayawan, Negros Oriental.
Investigations of the Kabankalan police showed that the victim, accompanied by a certain alias Bay, and two other unidentified persons, went to the house of Dominador Pelago, to borrow a pot.
About five meters away from his residence, Pelago told the police that he saw Garingo allegedly being shot by an alias Bay, a resident of Bayawan, Negros Oriental, and his two companions.
The victim, who sustained four gunshot wounds in the back, died on the spot, the Kabankalan police said.
Santos said the three suspects declared themselves to be NPA members, before fleeing to unknown directions.
Investigations of the Kabankalan police further showed that the victim was reported by Pelago to have a pending arrest warrant for rape.
In 2014, Garingo, 43, and a laborer, had been warned by the NPA to leave Sitio Patlangka in Brgy. Magballo, Kabankalan City, for being an alleged troublemaker in the place.
But the victim returned to Brgy. Magballo,Kabankalan City, last year, to hide, as he was facing rape charges, the Kabankalan City police said.
The killing of Garingo was reported to the Kabankalan police by Magballo barangay captain Egan Antonio on Thursday. * GPB
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