A PUBLIC school teacher and a suspected drug pusher were killed in separate attacks in Consolacion town, Cebu yesterday morning.

Police identified the teacher as 44-year-old Felimon Nepomuceno, a faculty member of Compostela National High School. He died from a gunshot wound in the head.

The suspected drug pusher, on the other hand, was identified as Vincent Vibar. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds after he allegedly engaged in a shootout with the police.

PO3 Roy Menguito of the Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat) was hit in his right hand after he was reportedly shot by Vibar. Menguito was treated in a private hospital in Cebu City.

Nepomuceno and Vibar were rushed to separate hospitals, but they were declared dead on arrival by their attending doctors.

At 7 a.m., Nepomuceno was driving his motorcycle with his 16-year-old son as a passenger in Barangay Pitogo.

He was on his way to the school from his house in Barangay Pulpogan, Consolacion.

Nepomuceno, however, failed to notice the two persons riding on a motorcycle following him, according to SPO1 Renerio Patillas.

When he reached the national highway in Pitogo, the perpetrators drove close to him and the passenger pulled out a gun and shot Nepomuceno several times.

Residents told the police that they heard five gun shots.

Motive

Nepomuceno’s son was not hit, but the boy bruised his legs when the motorcycle fell on the road.

Consolacion Police Chief Rudolf Oriol said his office is investigating the motive behind the attack. The police will also do a background check on Nepomuceno.

He said Compostela National High School principal Ma. Teresa Selanoba told him that the victim had no enemies.

“The victim often cracked jokes with his fellow teachers,” said Oriol in Cebuano.

Investigators recovered five empty shells from a .45 pistol.

An hour earlier, drug suspect Vibar allegedly opened fire at seven police officers who tried to serve an arrest warrant against him in Sitio Riverside, Barangay Poblacion.

The team led by Insp. Fermin Donque Jr. knocked on the door of Vibar’s rented house.

Vibar reportedly opened the door and shot the law enforcers. After Menguito was hit, the team retaliated and hit Vibar.

PO1 Julius Patac, warrant server, said Vibar was wanted for killing a man in Pulpogan last year. Mandaue City Regional Trial Court Branch 28 Judge Mercedita Ignacio issued the arrest warrant against him.

In 2013, Patac said he arrested Vibar after the latter shot a notorious thief.

A murder complaint was filed against him, but he posted bail after a prosecutor downgraded the case into homicide.

Patac said they learned about Vibar’s residence after an asset informed them last week.

Vibar was included in list of personalities involved in illegal drug trade in Consolacion.

Crime scene investigators recovered Vibar’s .45 pistol.

They also found two slugs and an empty shell from a .45 pistol in the area.