THREE persons, including an army trooper, were killed in separate shooting incidents in Negros Occidental on Sunday, May 1.
The first fatality was identified as Corporal Nelski Marino, 37, a member of the 62nd Infantry Battalion assigned in Barangay Bato, Sagay City.
Police records showed that Marino was with a barangay councilman watching a cockfight in Barangay San Isidro, Toboso town when three unidentified men shot him in the head.
The assailants were believed to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA).
The police and the 62nd IB under Lieutenant Colonel Arnel Cabugon conducted pursuit operations.
Police recovered seven spent cartridges, a slug, and a live round from a 9mm pistol, as well as two spent cartridges and a slug from a .45 caliber pistol from the crime scene.
The 303rd Infantry Brigade condoled with the family of Marino while condemning the act of the rebel group. They urged the rebels to surrender and abandon armed violence.
In Silay City, two sugarcane workers died after they were shot and mauled to death at Hacienda Bongyod, Purok Malinong, in Barangay Guimbalaon.
Police identified the fatalities as Ronald Antonio, 27, of Hacienda Azucena, Barangay Bagtic, and Arbie Jimena, 35, of Hacienda Ampil, Barangay Guimbalaon, both of Silay City.
Chief Inspector Edencio Gregorio, city deputy chief, said Antonio was allegedly shot by Jimena due to a misunderstanding over a card game.
Gregorio said Antonio’s brother Jolito saw the incident and attacked Jimena. Both of them grappled for Jimena's gun, but Jolito was able to reach for a stone and struck Jolito with it, causing the latter's death.
Police recovered a .357-caliber revolver loaded with three live rounds and two spent cartridges.
Jolito voluntarily surrendered to a barangay watchman and was turned over to police custody.
Gregorio said that Jolito would face homicide charges.