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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Business rivalry eyed in trader’s death

A BUSINESSMAN was shot dead by an unidentified assailant in Sitio San Miguel, Barangay Pung-ol Sibugay in Cebu City last Saturday.

Police identified the victim as Salvador Donan, 55.

“Wala silay utang, wala silay nabikil unya wala pud silay nakaaway sa Carbon kung asa nila ihatod ilang gulay (They don’t have any debt or enemies in Carbon where they deliver their vegetables),” PO3 Nicolo Gonzales of the Homicide Section said.

Nora Adlawan, 54, the victim’s common law wife, said that she heard a series of gunfire at around 6:15 p.m., prompting her to look outside.

There, she saw Donan leaning on the steering wheel of their pick-up truck already bloodied.

Adlawan added that the gunman who was wearing a ball cap pointed his gun at her and threatened her.

“Walay palag ha (Don’t resist),” he said before walking away from the crime scene toward a waiting motorcycle.

Gonzales said that Adlawan was not familiar with the assailant’s voice.

He said they are not ruling out the possibility that the victim knew the attacker because he was shot at close range.

Gonzales added that the gunman seemed familiar with the victim’s and his wife’s routine as they were always in the area during Saturdays for their business.

The area is in a dark and secluded area high up on the mountains.

Donan succumbed to two gunshot wounds at the back of his head and side.

Homicide investigators are looking into the possibility that the mastermind is one of Donan’s competitors in their vegetable business.

Meanwhile, a bystander was hit by a stray bullet in Sitio Iba-an in Barangay Banilad last Saturday night.

At 11 p.m., Jeffrey Inocando, 45, was playing a coin game when the other players started running, which forced him to run with them.

A few minutes later, he felt numbness on his back and saw blood trickling down.

He was rushed to the hospital for treatment as the police conducted a follow-up operation to catch the gunman.
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