Cop shoots member of a ship’s crew who held hostage a 13-year-old girl-A A +A
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
A MEMBER of the crew of a passenger ship was shot dead by a policeman after holding hostage a 13-year-old student inside MV Filipinas Cebu at Pier 1, Cebu City yesterday.
Andrew Lendio, 32, of Malubog, Alegria died from a gunshot wound in his nape. He was a second mate of MV Filipinas Butuan.
The hostage, Ginajean Pelingon, was also hit but is reportedly recovering in a hospital in Cebu City.
Lendio, who was believed to be drunk, ran amok at 6:10 p.m. while armed with a knife, police said.
He boarded the Iloilo-bound MV Filipinas Cebu that was docked nearby and startled many
passengers who were expecting to leave the port at 7 p.m.
Chief Insp. Wildemar Tiu of Waterfront Police Station said Lendio went up to the ship's sun deck and grabbed Pelingon.
Pelingon of Sibalom, Antique was leaning on the railing. She was one of the 200 students of the Sisters of Mary School in Talisay City who were on their way to their home provinces to have a vacation.
Classes in Cebu were suspended following the 7.2-magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15.
SPO4 Rogelio Cañete Jr. of Punta Princesa Police Station responded to the incident after learning about the hostage-taking.
When Lendio attempted to stab the victim, witnesses said the policeman fired a warning shot. On Lendio's second attempt, the policeman shot the suspect.
“It was his judgment call upon sensing there was an imminent danger,” Tiu said in a press conference.
The bullet, however, hit Pelingon in her mandible bone and lodged in the left side of her neck. She was brought to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.
The ship’s nurse, Joel Malaubang, who accompanied the victim, said Pelingon is out of harm's way.
“Okay naman 'to siya. Dili palang kaayo siya kasulti (She’s okay but can’t talk much),” he said.
The police recovered the knife that Lendio used and two empty shells of a 9mm pistol, Cañete's firearm.
The ship captain Sabiniano Fuderanan said he was shocked when passengers started screaming.
Fuderanan, who was at the wharf at that time overseeing the cargo loading, called for help. He said this is the first hostage-taking incident on the ship since he joined the shipping firm 10 years ago.
The ship was supposed to leave at 7 p.m. and arrive in Iloilo at 8 a.m. today.
Chase Cokaliong, vice president for fleet operations of Cokaliong Shipping Lines, said they will investigate the incident.
He said they were shocked by Lendio's action as the crew member had been with the shipping firm for four years.
A second mate assists in the operation of an oceangoing vessel and is mainly responsible for maintaining navigation charts, publications and instruments.
Marites Aller, Lendio’s half-sister, told reporters that Lendio often went wild when drunk. But they still cannot explain why he took a hostage.
Aller said Lendio does not have problems with his wife, who is a domestic helper in Canada and is expected to come home this December.
Lendio and his wife have a nine-year-old son.
Aller said her family still has to talk to the police before deciding whether or not to file charges against Cañete.
Cañete surrendered his firearm to the Cebu City Police Office yesterday. The police will also investigate the hostage-taking.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 23, 2013.