Farmer, nephew shot dead in Kabankalan

A police officer checks on the two victims in a hospital following a fatal shooting incident in Barangay Oringao, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Kabankalan City Police Station)

By Glazyl Y. Masculino

BACOLOD CITY — Grudges may have triggered the killing of a farmer and his nephew in Sitio Pitgong, Barangay Oringao, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, last Sunday.

The victims were identified as Raniel Delo Santos, 40, of Barangay Camingawan, and his uncle Loreto Delo Santos, 54, of Barangay Oringao.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Roberto Indiape Jr., city police chief, said they are focusing their investigation on “something personal,” as they received information that the victims were allegedly involved in illegal activities and theft.

However, Indiape noted that there was no official complaint reported to the police or barangay.

Indiape said the victims were shot from behind by an unidentified lone gunman while they were watching fighting cocks in the area. Both victims succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds, according to Indiape.

Police recovered eight fired bullets from a .45 caliber firearm at the scene.

Indiape mentioned that the gunman had two alleged companions during the escape, but this has yet to be confirmed. He said they have already identified the gunman.

Considering the area’s remoteness and known insurgency issues, police coordinated with the Army to assist in the clearing operation and investigation.

Indiape added that, based on information, the perpetrators allegedly identified themselves as members of the New People’s Army (NPA). However, this claim is subject to verification.

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