3 hurt as farmer randomly shoots riders in Antique

By: Jennifer P. Rendon

Three persons were wounded after a farmer randomly shot passing motorcycle riders in San Remigio, Antique.

The incident happened 7:30 a.m. of Nov. 18, 2019 at Barangay Maragubdub, a village around four kilometers from San Remegio town proper.

The victims were identified as Alberto Dubria, 59, of Barangay Iguirindon, San Remigio; and Regine Cabrillos, 22, of Barangay Natividad, Pilar, Capiz.

Police Staff Sergeant Jonel Celedonio, San Remigio police investigator, said the suspect, Noli Candido, 55, also a resident of Barangay Maragubdub, was also wounded in a shootout with responding cops.

Celedonio said witnesses saw the suspect brandishing a caliber .45 pistol while walking at the roadside.

He then began shooting riders who were passing by.

“We don’t know what drove him to randomly shoot at motorists,” Celedonio said.

It was gathered that Candido is still at Angel Salazar Memorial Hospital’s intensive care unit for a gunshot wound on his back.

While Dubria was hit, his two back riders were unharmed.

Cabrillos, an employee of ASA Lending Company, was also driving a motorcycle. Her backrider, Lormiel Berreber, was unscathed.

Their two other companions, Arniel Abellosa and Adrian Soledaños, who were on board another motorcycle were also spared.

Celedonio said they immediately responded after receiving information that a male person was running amok in the area.

“But as we got off the vehicle, he shot at us,” he said.

Celedonio said they took cover and retaliated.

Recovered from the crime scene were a caliber .45 pistol, 11 fired cartridges of caliber .45 pistol, and three magazines with 13 live ammunitions.