TWO men were shot dead in separate incidents in Davao City on Saturday.
The first victim was shot at after harassing other patients at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) around 10:30 a.m. Saturday while the second victim was shot dead by unidentified men while playing cara y cruz at Barangay 26-C Poblacion, Davao City.
Police Officer 3 Timothy Manlatican of the Buhangin Police Station identified the patient who was shot as William dela Peña, 49, a resident of Delos Arcos Apartment, San Vicente, Barangay Buhangin.
Manlatican said the victim sustained two gunshot wounds in the thigh after he started attacking other patients, including Jail Officer 1 Rogelio Francisco Go Jr., 33, a member of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and assigned at the Davao City Jail.
Initial investigations reveal that the victim was undergoing treatment at the third floor (medicine ward) of the hospital for kidney problems when he started attacking other patients and removed his catheter.
Go, who was guarding Ruel Nacario, an inmate undergoing treatment, reportedly scolded Dela Peña who pushed the former onto a wall.
The victim was brought to the emergency room where he died while undergoing treatment. Authorities stressed that the victim did not die of gunshot wounds but of complications of his illness.
Go, who was on duty, voluntarily surrendered his caliber 45 gun and ammunition to the police. He was brought to the detention cell of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) and on Sunday underwent a paraffin test at the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory.
Meanwhile, the second victim, identified as Jerol Napalit, 18, a resident of Juan Luna Extension, Barangay 26-C Poblacion, was shot dead around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
According to PO3 Jeremias Cunanan of the Sta. Ana Police Station, two men shot the victim three times using a caliber 22 gun.
Napalit succumbed to gunshot wounds in the head and back portion and was declared dead on arrival at the SPMC.
Sta. Ana Police Station chief Ranulfo Cabanog ordered his men to conduct investigations on the crime. (AD)