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Friday, September 21, 2012
A LAWYER received death threats through his mobile phone from an unidentified man around 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Based on the spot report of the Talomo Police Station, the victim is identified as lawyer Renato Pagatpatan.
Pagatpatan received a call on his mobile phone from an unknown person who said: "You'll be next."
The victim just finished speaking with homeowners of Victoria Village in Barangay Matina Aplaya when armed suspects strafed the entrance gate of the subdivision.
According to investigation conducted by Police Officer 3 Harold Delima,
Ebone Lemondo, a resident in the area saw two men firing their guns at the subdivision's gate.
The men casually walked towards a parked motorcycle and fled towards nearby Poly Subdivision.
After 10 minutes, Pagatpatan received a call on his cellphone.
Police are still conducting a follow up investigation to identify the men behind the shooting.
It can be recalled that authorities filed multiple complaints against the alleged leader of professional squatters and his 30 allies in July.
Malicious mischief, trespassing, grave threats, qualified theft, and syndicated estafa through falsification of documents complaints were filed against Manolito Gavas, 38, native of Bohol, and other 30 people.
Gavas was arrested by a team led by Abude around 10 a.m. on Monday in the same subdivision which they claimed as theirs.
Gavas is the chair of Veterans Legionaries of World War of the Walter Cushing Guerilla Unit Inc. who claims to be chair and president of Ambassador for Christ of Don Alejandro San Pedro Foundation.
A group of squatters staked their plots on an empty land in Victoria Village after Gavas assured them that the land was his and showed them a fake decision penned by the Supreme Court in 1998 granting them land ownership.
The settlers claimed to have paid P250 to put up their shanties and were even required by Gavas to undergo three-day training on crime prevention and control program.
In his program Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa, Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ordered the arrest of Gavas.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 21, 2012.