Family feud eyed in Kimas shootout

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012


FAMILY feud is now one of the possible motives being eyed by Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) in the killing of Lauro Delgado Jr. alias “Onyot.”

Delgado, a resident of Barangay Canlusong, E.B Magalona town, Negros Occidental, was killed at Kimas Pension House, Lacson Street, Mandalangan, Bacolod City, last Saturday.

BCPO Director Ricardo De la Paz said Delgado was earlier inadvertently named as a suspect because of misinterpretation of police records. Delgado was the victim and not the suspect in the shooting incident.

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The name of Albert Ledesma, who was earlier reported as the name of the victim, was only discovered by police in the log book of KIMAS Pension House after the incident.

De la Paz said Delgado sustained 38 gunshot wounds in different parts of his body after he was shot by an unidentified suspect at the mini-bar of the pension house. He was declared dead on arrival by his attending physician at the Riverside Medical Center.

Investigation showed around 5 p.m. Saturday, the victim arrived at the mini-bar of Kimas Pension House with an unidentified female companion and met one of the suspects in the area.

The woman left the victim and the suspect talking to each other and, minutes later, the two started arguing that led to the shootout, police said.

De la Paz said the three suspects immediately fled using a Rusi motorcycle after the incident.

He said the killing of Delgado is well-planned, as the police recovered a piece of paper in one of the rooms in said pension house that indicates the sketch or lay-out of the pension lobby and the mini-bar.

He added the suspects also checked-in in the pension house and planned the killing inside their room.

The city director said there is a possibility that the victim knew the suspects because they exchanged words before the shootout.

He said they are now trying to locate the victim’s female companion who, until now, has not yet surfaced. Police believe she can provide information that can help in the investigation.

The city director theorized that, possibly, the woman was also part of the conspiracy to kill the victim. He said if she fails to surface, she will be included in the charges to be filed against the suspects.

De la Paz said that before the shooting incident, there were already killings in Barangay Canlusong, E.B Magalona because of alleged land grabbing and family feuds.

He said the victim’s father was allegedly killed by a member of the Siva family in their barangay while Delgado was also tagged as a suspect in the burning of a house in their area.

Recently, a relative of the Siva family was also killed in EB Magalona and Delgado was also tagged as a suspect by the Siva family.

“Possibly, the Siva family also took revenge against Delgado,” De la Paz said, citing the possibility that the Siva family might have a connection in the killing of Delgado.

He said Station 3 led by Police Senior Inspector Conrado Racnes III is now coordinating with the EB Magalona and Silay City PNP to check the background of the victim and also the background of the possible suspects.

He added that they have already the identities of the suspects, who are residents of EB Magalona, and they will file charges against them within this week.

The city director said there’s a possibility that the suspects also used other names when they checked-in in the said pension house.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on November 20, 2012.

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