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Vendor shot dead
in Moises Padilla


Another killing took place in rebel-infested Brgy. Quintin Remo, Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental, with an unidentified ambulant vendor shot and killed by a still unidentified gunman Saturday.

The lifeless body of the victim identified by the police as Antonio Panongon of Alonguinsan, Cebu, was found along the road beside a sugarcane plantation by a certain Banny Bastida in Sitio Santos-Santos of the barangay.

Moises Padilla police investigation showed that the victim had succumbed to two gunshot wounds in the head.

Two empty shells of a .45 caliber pistol were recovered at the scene of the incident by the Moises Padilla police.

Panongon, who was temporarily residing at Brgy. Mabigo in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental, had already been warned by his friends, not to sell electronic and radio gadgets in the barangay.

On Feb. 24, four unidentified suspects described by witnesses to be in early 20s, shot and killed a farmer identified as Johnny Castelo, a widower, in Sitio Nakuruhan of the same barangay.

Castelo, 47, also succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds, and a fatal injury in the head.

Four spent shells of a .45 caliber pistol were recovered at the scene of incident by the Moises Padilla police.

Senior Inspector Renante Salgado, Moises Padilla police chief, said yesterday that the empty shells recovered in thetwo separate killings will be matched at the PNP Crime Laboratory, to determine if the assailants of Panongon and Castelo are the same persons.

Meanwhile, a member of the Civilian Volunteers Organization is now being investigated for the death of a theft suspect on the same day in Brgy. Cabahug, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental.

Investigations of the Cadiz police showed that CVO member, Joan Banhao, caught a certain Arnel Arroyo, a construction worker in the act of allegedly stealing a car battery at the vicinity of COMPAC along Crossing FI in the barangay.

Arroyo allegedly took out his .38 caliber revolver, when he was accosted by Banhao. Both grappled for the possession of the gun, that resulted in an accidental firing, hitting Arroyo in the face, the Cadiz police said.

Arroyo was declared dead on arrival at the Cadiz Emergency Clinic, while Banhao surrendered to the Cadiz City police.

A .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver with two fired cartridges and live ammunition in its cylinder, a stolen car battery, Rusi motorcycle and a kitchen knife, were recovered at the crime scene.*GPB


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