Four unidentified armed men shot and killed the grandson of a former mayor in Purok Sta. Isabel in Brgy. Camansi, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, at about 5 p.m. Sunday.
The victim, who was identified by the police as John Paul Sola, 38, succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds. He was declared dead on arrival at a hospital in Kabankalan City, Lt. Col. Jonel Guadalope, officer-in-charge of the Kabankalan City Police Station, said.
Guadalope said the victim was on his way to Brgy. Talubangi in Kabankalan, on board his McArthur type jeep, when he was ambushed by four unidentified armed men, while crossing a bridge at Purok Sta. Isabel in Brgy. Camansi, Kabankalan City.
Recovered from the scene of the crime were nine empty shells of a .45 caliber pistol and a live ammunition of a 9mm pistol.
After killing Sola, witnesses said that his assailants raised clenched fists, and investigators raised the possibility that they were New People’s Army members, although this is still subject to validation, Col. Romeo Baleros, Negros Occidental provincial police director, said.
Guadalope said they are still trying to establish the motive for the incident. But there are reports that the killing could be related to a land conflict.
John Paul is the grandson of the late Kabankalan City Mayor Pablo Sola, who also died in an ambush in May 1982.
The killing of John Paul took place about 10 kilometers from the Kabankalan City Police Station. The incident was reported to the police an hour after, Baleros said.
He added that the assailants just walked away from the scene of incident.
Several years ago, James Sola, also a son of the late mayor, was also injured in an ambush, while on his way home to Brgy. Talubangi, Kabankalan City.*
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