A COUPLE was abducted by a drug surrenderer and another person in Bacolod City early Sunday, August 28.

Police identified the victims as Joem Villacojer and his partner Roselyn Destua.

Chief Inspector Benedicto Villarias Jr., head of Police Station 2, said the victims were set to have an illegal drug transaction with a certain Ricky Sereño and his female companion at 26th Lacson Street.

Around 1:30 p.m., they were asked to board a vehicle and were handcuffed and threatened at gunpoint while they were on their way to Villa Lucasan in Barangay Mandalagan.

Villacojer was able to grab the suspect’s firearm and hit the glass window, prompting the suspects to jump off the vehicle while Villacojer drove the vehicle toward the police station. He sustained minor injuries.

Villarias said Sereño and his companion informed Police Station 3 about a carnapped vehicle after the incident but they were not able to officially record it as a report.

Police recovered from the vehicle Sereño's identification card, a 9mm glock issued by the Philippine National Police (PNP), and a pair of handcuffs.

Villarias said Sereño was a drug surrenderer of Police Station 8 and is under police monitoring.

“We are validating information that can lead to the suspects’ whereabouts,” he added.

Drug suspect shot

Meanwhile, a newly-identified drug personality in Bacolod was injured after he was shot by an unidentified man in Barangay 8 around 10 p.m. Saturday, August 27.

Police identified the victim as Gerald Mondejar.

Chief Inspector Villarias said Mondejar was driving his motorcycle coming from a convenience store when a man called him.

Mondejar slowed down and the assailant fired at him, and escaped with another companion on board a motorcycle.

The victim was rushed to the hospital, where he is recuperating.

Police recovered two bullet shells of .45 caliber from the crime scene.

Villarias said Mondejar has been placed recently under police monitoring, but was not yet subjected to Oplan Tokhang.

Fisherman shot

In another development, a fisherman was shot to death by his friend at Sitio Taypo, Barangay Salamanca in Toboso, Negros Occidental, on Saturday.

Chief Inspector Robert Mansueto Jr., chief of Toboso Municipal Police Station, identified the fatality as Roger Lechado, 36.

Mansueto said Lechado was having a drinking session when a heated argument ensued between him and one of his companions identified as Zaldy Leyte.

They were pacified by their two other companions, but Lechado and Leyte threatened each other with a gun, resulting to a gunfight.

Lechado died on the spot while Leyte is being treated at a hospital.

Mansueto said Lechado’s .38 caliber and Leyte’s .45 caliber were not recovered, but investigators recovered a slug and a bullet shell of .45 caliber.