3 rob suspects slain in daylight shooting

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

DAVAO City Police Office (DCPO) Director Vicente D. Danao Jr. ordered the 12 police station chiefs in the city to step up their investigations on various crime incidents in their area of jurisdiction following a shooting incident that killed three victims inside the Agdao Public Market in Barangay Agdao Proper Wednesday morning.

Danao said he also ordered his men to immediately solve crime incidents and arrest the suspects.

The three victims, believed to be involved in various crimes, were identified as Christopher Calle, alias Dodong Calye, 20; Michael Engan, 21, both residents of Sitio Bakal in Barangay Leon Garcia in Agdao; and a certain Janjan of Davao Oriental.

Records from Sta. Ana police showed that the incident happened around 9:40 a.m. in front of an eatery inside the public market. The victims had just done eating when three unidentified men attacked them.

Quoting witnesses, Police Officer 3 Edifer T. Dorado, Sta. Ana police investigator, said the killers shot the victims several times, adding they even kicked one of the three victims before leaving the area.

Dorado said the victims, especially Engan, were notorious robbers in the city. He added that Engan had been tagged in robbery and theft incidents based on records from Sta. Ana and San Pedro police stations.

According to witnesses, Engan is a "wanted person" in Digos and Kidapawan City. It was also learned that Engan had been jailed at Ma-a City jail and was released in 2011.

"The other two (victims) ay pinaniniwalaan naman na kasamahan niya sa pagnanakaw. In fact, apat daw silang nakaupo sa eatery before nangyari yung incident, bale nakatakbo lang yung isang kasama nila," Dorado said.

Danao said the killing could have been an act of vengeance.

"There is a possibility na ang gumawa niyan ay mga may galit sa kanila, malamang yung mga naging biktima nila. Kung naging biktima ka ba naman nila, diba. But that doesn't mean na tama yan, kaya nga sabi ko sa mga tao ko, you look for the suspects," Danao said.

The victims succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds in different parts of their bodies, which were brought to Angel Funeral Parlor.

Police recovered from crime scene 15 empty shells and three deformed slugs of a caliber.45 pistol.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, when earlier asked about the shooting incidents in the city, where the victims were reportedly involved in crimes, refused to comment on the matter.

"Sa totoo lang, ginusto ninyo yan. Ginusto nila yan," Duterte said, referring to the victims.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 05, 2013.

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