BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
Unidentified suspects shot dead a real estate broker and a businessman in the former’s car at the Bacolod reclamation area in Purok Lampirong, Brgy. 2, Bacolod City at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Station 2 chief, P/Capt. Paul Vincent Pendon, identified the victims as real estate broker Dexter Bryan Ursos, 41, of 17th Street, and businessman Fernando Mahipos, 39, of Purok Boulevard, Brgy. 14, Bacolod.
Pendon said they received a call from a concerned citizen informing them that several gunshots were heard in Purok Lampirong.
He said that when they arrived in the area, they saw Ursos in the driver’s seat and Mahipos at his side, with multiple gunshot wounds, and believed to have died on the spot.
Pendon said the suspects spared Mahipos’ 5-year-old daughter, who was sitting at the back seat of the silver Mitsubishi Mirage vehicle, with plate number RNN 562.
Assorted documents, cellular phones, the victims’ personal belongings, four counterfeit P1,000 bills, two lighters, a pair of scissors, and a sachet of suspected shabu were recovered from the vehicle, police records showed.
Pendon said they also recovered eight fired cartridge cases, a deformed bullet, and a metal fragment of .45 caliber and .9mm pistols.
Mahipos’ mother, Elsie, told the media that her son and granddaughter left their home at about 7 p.m. to get the money that his wife sent from Kuwait.
She said that her son was not involved in illegal drugs and he was selling dressed chicken to augment their family’s income.
Mahipos had four children and his wife works as a domestic helper in Kuwait.
As of yesterday, Station 2 policemen were still puzzled over the motive behind the killing since the two victims had no criminal records, Pendon said.
Neither of the two were included in the drug watch list but Station 2 policemen will still dig deeper into their activities and connections, he said. The lone witness to the killing is now in safe custody, the police said.*