“IT'S not normal and the police should double its effort to solve the killings in Bacolod City.”

This was stressed by Mayor Evelio Leonardia after Bacolod City recorded a total of 11 shooting incidents from June 1 to 25, 2022.

Leonardia said that he already discussed with Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Director Colonel Thomas Joseph Martir and discussed the series of shooting incidents here.

“I told him to do something concrete about it and most of the cases were drug-related,” he added.

On June 23, a 14-year-old boy was gunned down by unidentified assailants at Abada Escay Relocation Site in Barangay Vista Alegre while he was on his way home, while a 17-year-old boy was shot to death by his friend, who is also a minor, near a mall in Barangay Singcang-Airport a night before.

Several days before that, Christopher Guanzon, 38, a tricycle driver and resident of Barangay Taculing, was killed by an unidentified assailant on Adelfa Street, Barangay 31.

Also on June 19, a construction worker, Richard Jimenez, 30, of the city's Barangay 26, was injured when Police Master Sergeant Jeff Desucatan, of Barangay Alijis, shot him in the leg.

A certain Bryan was also killed by unidentified assailants inside the computer shot in Purok Langis, Barangay Banago and barker Adonis Matulac, was also shot to death at Lacson-Extension in Barangay Singcang-Airport.

On June 14, businessman Jeffrey Keng Seng, 40, of Barangay 1, was shot dead by an unidentified assailant on board a motorcycle along BS Aquino Drive-Lacson Streets in Barangay 5.

Jestoni Sabare, 30, a member of a force multiplier group, was also killed by an unidentified assailant on board a motorcycle on Luzuriaga Street, Barangay 13 on June 11.

Three days prior, on June 8, Jose Allan Braza, 59, an alleged law enforcement asset, was shot to death by unidentified gunmen in Purok Malipayon, Barangay 35.

On June 5, Rene Mateo, a laborer, was also killed by an unidentified man inside the compound of his workplace in Purok 12-A Las Altas, Barangay Alangilan.

Michael Diopeta, 28, and Jemar Berja, 42, both residents of Barangay Sum-ag, were injured after they were shot by the husband of their co-worker On June 1.

“For sure, Martir is also concerned about it because it will also reflect on his performance that could affect his record. I would assume that he is taking this seriously,” Leonardia said.

Martir earlier said he already directed all the station commanders to intensify their visibility patrol.

He also instructed them to solve the crime incidents within their respective areas of jurisdiction.

“We are doing our best to solve all the shooting incidents and to give justice to the family of the victims,” Martir said.