A VILLAGE councilor shot and hurt a suspected thief in Barangay Tangke, Talisay City last Sunday night.
But barangay officials defended Tangke Councilor Romeo Santillan, saying he was just concerned about the spate of thefts that were allegedly masterminded by the victim, Bon Lister Ompad.
Santillan, a three-term barangay councilor, allegedly shot Ompad, 26, in an alleyway in Sitio Kilawan, located in the same village at 6:30 p.m. last Sunday.
A police report on the incident stated that Santillan reportedly approached Ompad and shot him several times before fleeing.
Ompad sustained two gunshot wounds on his back, with one bullet exiting on his left side. He was taken to the hospital.
PO3 Ferdinand Pablo told Sun.Star Cebu had not been in his house since the shooting.
Barangay Tangke Chief Perla Cabanes said the victim is known to stealing from his neighbors to buy drugs.
Cabanes said she and Ompad are relatives, but this did not stop him from stealing from her a few years ago.
Nonelito Abay, Barangay Tangke chief tanod, said that before the shooting, Santillan called Ompad’s attention over the theft incidents in the village involving him.
“Santillan is like that, he personally calls people’s attention,” he said.
In Pinamungajan and Danao City, two men died in a shooting and a vehicular accident last Sunday.
Police said Charlie Cabilino was allegedly shot to death by his nephew Jerry Villarama in Sitio Kapayas in Barangay Camugao, Pinamungajan at 7 p.m.
The victim succumbed to three gunshot wounds in the head. He was also hit with a hard object by the suspect.
Villarama, who is married, escaped arrest.
Investigation showed that Villarama accused Cabilino of breaking his family apart.
Neighbors heard at least four gunshots from the house of the victim.
Four hours earlier, Jake Lavador, 18, died after the motorcycle he was driving was hit by another motorcycle driven by Arquile Perez Avila, 47, in Barangay Cogon Cruz, Danao City.
Lavador’s passenger Arvin Manto, 15, and Avila were injured and landed in Cebu Provincial Hospital in the city, but they were later transferred to a hospital in Cebu City due to the seriousness of their injuries. with USJ-R Intern Vaña Ferre Abella