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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Village councilor gunned down in Cebu

A BARANGAY official in Talisay City was gunned down by two unidentified men while driving his car along the South Road Properties in Cebu, Friday morning.

The victim was identified as Art Stephen Bas, 23, Barangay Lagtang councilor and grandson of Talisay City Councilor Arturo Bas.

Police said there were two assailants on board two different motorcycles and peppered the victim's vehicle from both sides of the front seat of the vehicle.

Art Stephen was onboard a white Ford Everest and was on his way to school around 8 a.m. Friday, when he was shot. He is a Mechanical Engineering graduating student at the Cebu Institute of Technology-University.

According to a witness interviewed by radio dyLA, one of the gunman was wearing a red cap and a black jersey shirt. He had tattoo on his arms.

He drove a motorbike believed to be a Honda XRM model. He allegedly shot the vehicle and then disembarked from the motorbike before shooting again the victim. The witness said he saw the shooter reload the gun and shot the victim several times.

Bas is the son of former barangay Lagtang captain Mark Ferdinand “Dindin” Bas who was arrested last April 15, 2018 after yielding a gun, grenade and ammunition during a search inside his house. He was later released on bail.

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He resigned from his position following allegations of involvement in illegal drugs.

Barangay Lagtang chief Chester Salcedo said Bas, who is his party mate, didn't receive any death threats prior to the incident

Police are still investigating the incident. (Justin K. Vestil/SunStar Cebu with reports from SuperBalita Cebu)

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