Butcher survives gun attack

By: Jennifer P. Rendon 

A BUTCHER was wounded after riding-in-tandem gunmen shot him at the Iloilo slaughterhouse in Barangay Tacas, Jaro, Iloilo City.

Renante Villanueva alias Moroy, of Barangay San Jose, Molo district, was at work when the two suspects on board a Honda XRM motorcycle arrived around 9:40 p.m. of July 4, 2019.

One of the suspects asked Stephen Poral, a police auxiliary, where Villanueva was.

Poral called the victim and even told the suspects if he’s the person (referring to Villanueva) they were looking for.

But Poral claimed he was surprised when one of the suspects drew a gun and shot Villanueva.

Police Captain Eduardo Siacon, Jaro police chief, said it took a while for witnesses to call for police assistance.

Personnel detailed at Balantang police detachment responded and rushed the victim to West Visayas State University Medical Center.

Siacon said they already secured footage from the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera near the crime scene.

“We have yet to talk to the victim because of his medical condition,” he said.

When Villanueva’s wife mentioned a possible suspect, the victim nodded in agreement.

“That person is still the subject of our manhunt investigation,” Siacon said.

But reports pointed to a certain Mark of Calumpang village in Molo as one of the two persons of interest.

The Jaro police chief said personal grudges could have triggered the shooting episode.