Balamban businessman shot dead

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Monday, November 26, 2012


A BUSINESSMAN died after he was shot outside his house in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Balamban, Cebu at dawn yesterday.

Victor Mata, 62, had just left the gate of his house when a suspected gun-for-hire shot him at 5:40 a.m. He was on his way to his regular morning exercise.

The gunman then walked to a companion waiting nearby and left on board a blue motorcycle, said SPO1 Jose Villarino of Balamban Police Station.

The gunshots woke the victim’s children, who went out to check what was going on.

They saw Mata bleeding on the ground and brought him to Balamban District Hospital. But he died on the way there.

Police investigators found five empty shells and a slug from a .45 pistol at the crime scene.

Several witnesses described the gunman as wearing a white T-shirt. His companion was wearing a blue T-shirt. They were wearing caps.

Villarino, in a phone interview with Sun.Star Cebu, said they are considering three motives behind the killing – love triangle, land dispute and personal grudge.

Mata, who owned a pharmacy and convenience store, was reportedly having a relationship with two women after his wife died more than a year ago.

“Nagbuwag na sila sa usa. Ang nahibilin kay iyang gipatukuran ug tindahan (He was no longer seeing the first woman, while he built a store for the other one),” Villarino revealed.

Mata also inherited parcels of land in the mountain barangay of Singsing. A certain “Boy Tolero” became his caretaker. They reportedly had an argument before the shooting.

Patched up

When police talked to Tolero, the man said he and Mata had already patched things up.

“Wala sad ni siya’y kontra sa negosyo. Buotan kuno kaayo ni nga tawo (He didn’t have business enemies. He was known to be a good man),” Villarino said.

Police investigators are not discounting the possibility that the attack also stemmed from a personal grudge.

“Murag nanugo og hired killer ang nagpapatay ani niya (It looks like the gunman was a hired killer),” Villarino said.

There’s a closed-circuit television camera at a nearby pension house. The police will check if the camera has caught anything that will help the investigation.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 26, 2012.

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