A HOUSE in Barangay Umapad, Mandaue City was strafed by an unidentified person past 1:20 a.m. yesterday.
The same house was peppered with bullets in 2012, when a suspected drug personality was also killed.
In yesterday’s incident, though, no one was hurt.
Police Senior Insp. Janelito Marquez, chief of Mandaue City Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (Caidsotg), said the target of the attack was Wilfredo “Willy” Iway, who is allegedly involved in illegal drugs activities.
Marquez said the house was peppered with bullets by a man who wore a bonnet and a helmet.
During the shooting incident, Iway’s nieces, nephews and siblings, Julieta and Leo, were inside the house, while Iway had already left.
In a GMA 7 Balitang Bisdak report, Julieta said she heard several gunshots that time, not knowing that it was their house that was strafed.
Luckily, none of the people inside the house was hurt.
Police recovered six .45 pistol slugs in the crime scene.
Marquez recalled a similar incident in 2012 when Agua, Iway’s brother, was killed by unidentified suspects.
Agua was with Iway when the culprits fired at them.
After that incident, Iway fled to northern Cebu.
Iway returned to Umapad just last Friday when Julieta arrived in Cebu after working abroad.
“Dako siguro iyang talo sa drugs mao nang gisigi’g target karon… Na-monitor siguro sa kalaban (He probably owes somebody a lot of money for illegal drugs that’s why he was being targeted. The gunman possibly learned that he visited their house in Umapad),” Marquez said.
According to their neighbors, Iway had been involved in illegal drugs activities.
Senior Supt. Jonathan Cabal, director of the Mandaue City Police Office, instructed Caidsotg to look for Iway so that he can shed light on the attempt on his life.
“We have to determine the reason for the strafing incident, otherwise maunahan kami sa paghahanap, mapatay pa sya (the gunmen will continue to look for him and kill him),” Cabal said.
He added that despite the allegations against Iway, the police still needs to protect him because the accusations have yet to be proven.