Trader shot dead-A A +A
Sunday, November 3, 2013
STO. TOMAS -- A prominent businessman-exporter from this town was shot and killed by still unidentified suspects Wednesday, reports said.
Trader Anastacio Fabian Basilio, 74, from Sitio Balut in Sto. Nino, Sapa, this town, was shot last October 30 around 12 p.m. by still unidentified riders-in-tandem, according to police.
Sto. Tomas police chief Josemarie Basa disclosed that Basilio, together with his wife Anita, 68, were on board their white Toyota Hi-Lux (RMY 109), parking in front of their home when the motorcycle riding suspects accosted them on the side and shot Anastacio several times with .45 caliber and 9-millimeter pistols, hitting the victim fatally on the abdomen.
Basa said the suspects forcibly carted away a black bag, reportedly containing cash, as the couple earlier withdrew money from a bank. The suspects fled to the south, he added.
Basilio was rushed by rescuers to nearby Manabat Maternity Hospital before being transferred to the Mother Theresa of Calcutta Hospital in the City of San Fernando for further treatment but expired.
The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. or Pamcham, where Basilio was member, Sunday strongly condemned the senseless shooting and appealed to authorities and local government officials to put an end to the rising crime in the province involving investors and traders.
"The business sector is getting wary of the rising crime committed against traders and investors who are honestly making a living and helping drive the local economy. The fatal shooting of our colleague Anastacio Basilio is senseless. He was a respected and well-loved businessman and civic leader in Sto. Tomas. We are appealing to our officials to put a stop to this and give justice to his family," a highly concerned PamCham official told Sun.Star Pampanga.
Mayor Lito Naguit told Sun.Star Pampanga in a phone interview that he has directed the Sto. Tomas police to conduct a manhunt for the suspects and strictly monitor various checkpoints in the town.
"I have directed our chief of police to conduct a manhunt and thorough follow-up investigation on the shooting of our kabalen. We are one with PamCham in giving justice to Mr. Basilio," he said.
Naguit also disclosed that he has also requested the Sangguniang Bayan to review and amend the town's ordinance on motorcycle riders, including the Helmet Law.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on November 04, 2013.