A MAN who was in a dance showdown with a rival was shot dead yesterday dawn in Argao town’s Barangay Canbantug, which was celebrating its annual fiesta.

Roland Requina, 25, a miner from Sitio Tigaw-tigaw, Barangay Cansuje, suffered from several gunshot wounds after he was shot by another miner identified as Samuel Betonta, 35, of Barangay Linut-od.

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PO2 Bernie Lao, desk officer of the Argao Police Station, said both decided to head to the barangay to join the festivities.

Both were already at odds.

When they saw each other on the dance floor, they reportedly began a showdown. Minutes later, they began arguing, until it led to a fistfight.

As Requina ran, Bentota chased him and pulled out a handgun, firing at him several times.

Soldiers who were assigned to keep the peace in the area surrounded him, but he reportedly refused to surrender.

Lao said this led Sgt. Ronnie Yambot, team leader of the 78th Infantry Battalion personnel, to shoot him in the left leg.

Bentota was taken to the Isidro C. Kintanar Memorial Hospital in Argao proper while soldiers recovered from his possession a .45 pistol with two empty shells.

Also recovered from Requina’s body was a .357 revolver with six bullets.

In Lapu-Lapu City, a man who was singing inside a karaoke bar was shot dead by three men on a motorcycle past 9 p.m. Saturday.

Alfredo Arok Jr., 23, of Barangay Canjulao, Lapu-Lapu City, was inside a karaoke bar in Sitio Pasance, Barangay Pajo.

While he was belting out a song, three men on a black motorcycle with no plate number arrived and one of them suddenly fired several shots at Arok.

He was rushed to the Lapu-Lapu City District Hospital but the attending doctor declared him dead.

The three men, who remain unidentified, fled to an unknown direction.

Police recovered two empty shells and a deformed slug of a .45 pistol. They are yet to find the motive for the shooting.