A POLICEWOMAN and a shipping firm executive were killed in separate gun attacks early Monday, March 12, in Zamboanga City.
Killed were Police Officer 2 Lydia Halid, 40; and Almondo Rosalejos, chief engineer of M/V Mary Joy 2.
Superintendent Mark Azur, Police Station 7 chief, said Halid was shot and killed at 8:35 a.m. at 2nd Navarro Drive in San Roque village.
Azur said Halid was driving motorcycle with two of her relatives as back riders when shot by a lone gunman standing at the side of the road.
Halid, who was assigned with the Station Drug Enforcement Team (SDET) of the Police Station 8, died instantaneously while her two relatives sustained bruises when they crashed on the pavement.
The triggerman, after shooting Halid, boarded on a waiting motorcycle that sped off from the crime scene.
Recovered were three empty shells of caliber .45 pistol.
Senior Inspector Shiela-Mae Chang, Zamboanga City Police Office information officer, said they foresee the gun slay of Halid was work-related.
Superintendent Hajiri Langal, Police Station 6 chief, said Rosalejos was shot and killed around 7 a.m. near a shopping center along Don Alfaro road in Tetuan village.
Langal said Rosalejos was driving motorcycle on the way home when shot by one of two men riding on a motorcycle that tailed the victim.
Rosalejos was the chief engineer of M/V Mary Joy 2 that had just arrived at the local port coming from Jolo, Sulu.
Investigation continues in a bid to identify and possibly arrest the suspects behind the two incidents. (SunStar Philippines)