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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Ex-con latest to fall victim to ‘vigilantes’

AN EX-CONVICT from the Cebu City Jail was gunned down by two unidentified men on board a motorcycle in Barangay Basak San Nicolas last Sunday night.

Police identified the victim as 39-year-old Elmer Alimpuangon.

“His mother couldn’t bear to look at his dead body,” PO3 Cristobal Geronimo of the Homicide Section said in Cebuano.

Geronimo said the victim’s mother will write a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte asking him why only small-time drug pushers are being killed and not high-profiled ones.

Alimpuangon’s mother is a retired teacher. She’s separated from his father, a former soldier, who now resides in Mindanao.

Alleged pusher

The homicide investigator said residents in the area pointed to Alimpuangon as a drug pusher. He allegedly refused to submit himself to Oplan Tokhang of the Mambaling Police Station, where police knocked on doors of suspected drug pushers and asked them to give up the illegal drug trade.

Geronimo said the victim was sitting by the roadside at 9:15 p.m., when his attackers, who wore masks and helmets, pulled up in front of him and started firing.

A wounded Alimpuangon tried to flee the scene, but the gunmen went after him and shot him until he stopped moving. They then took off on their black motorcycle.

Alimpuangon was released from jail last January for a drug case.

The informant said the victim was a drug user and a drug pusher.

Calamba shooting

Recovered from the scene were two deformed slugs from an undetermined caliber of firearm.

Last Oct. 4, Bryan Jumag, who had just been released from the city jail for drug charges, was also killed by unidentified gunmen who barged into his home.

Yesterday at 9:45 a.m., Rusty Bingil, 37, was shot by his neighbor in Sitio Cogon, Barangay Calamba yesterday morning.

Bingil was wounded in the leg and his behind. The suspect was identified as a certain “Armand.”

The incident allegedly stemmed from the victim’s failure to pay the debt he owes the suspect.

Bingil is recuperating in a public hospital.
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