Cavite shooting suspect's aide to face raps

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Saturday, January 5, 2013


MANILA (Updated) — The house caretaker, who reloaded the pistol of a man who went on a shooting rampage in Kawit, Cavite, will face criminal charges, a police official said Saturday.

Cavite police chief Dionicio Borromeo said John Paul Lopez, who helped the gunman Ronald Bae in reloading the pistol, surrendered to authorities late Friday, hours after the rampage, which left eight victims and the gunman dead.

Eleven people were wounded in the incident.

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Borromeo said Lopez explained that Bae threatened to kill him if he did not reload bullets into the magazines of a .45-caliber pistol used in the killing spree.

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Nurses attend to a shooting victim Enrique Aquipel at a hospital following a shooting rampage by a man later identified as Ronald Bae in Kawit township, Cavite on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. (Associated Press)

Borromeo, however, said Lopez never tried to stop or talk Bae out of the rampage, whose victims included a pregnant woman and her young daughter.

Police officials said Bae left his Kawit neighborhood about a year ago after he lost an election for village chairman, and returned Monday due to a "marital problem" with his wife, whom he had left in northern Pampanga before the New Year.

Bae and several friends were on a "drug and alcohol binge" from Monday to Friday, drinking alcohol and taking methamphetamine or shabu.

Bae left a store where he and his friends were drinking, but later returned with his caretaker and began the shooting spree in the surrounding neighborhood, provincial Governor Jonvic Remulla said Friday.

Malacañang condemned the shooting rampage, noting that the carnage will certainly fuel the government’s relentless efforts to clamp down on loose firearms.

In a briefing in Malacañang on Friday, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the Palace is condemning the attack considering that some of the casualties are children and given the large number of deaths.

The Cavite Provincial Government has vowed to shoulder the funeral expenses of the victims, reports said. (AP/Sunnex)

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