BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN / ADRIAN P. NEMES III
Motorcycle-riding suspects killed two more alleged drug personalities in Bacolod City and Silay, Negros Occidental on Tuesday, even as police probers are still facing a blank wall on the identities of the killers of a drug suspect and a deacon of the Iglesia Ni Cristo recently.
A suspected drug personality, identified by the police as Ronaldo Suating, 45, was shot and killed at about 5:40 p.m. Tuesday by two suspects on a motorcycle at Freedom Boulevard in Brgy. Mambulac, Silay City.
Suating had been released from jail last year after serving time for a drug offense. He succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds inflicted by a gunman, who was wearing a surgical mask, and armed with a .45 caliber pistol.
Investigations of the Silay police showed that Suating was having a snack in front of the house of his girlfriend when the suspects arrived on a black Yamaha Aerox motorcycle and shot him.
He died on the spot, the police said.
ANOTHER SHOT DEAD
Three hours later, two suspects also on a motorcycle shot and killed a certain Salvador Regalado, alias Badong, at Jalandon Street in Brgy. 2, Bacolod City.
Regalado, 42, sustained gunshot wounds on the chest, left arm, and right foot. He was declared dead on arrival at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City, the police said.
P/Lt. Liberty Indiape, spokesperson of the Bacolod City Police Office, said yesterday that Regalado was included in the drug watch list of the BCPO Station 3.
The shooting incident also victimized Glomer Mampag, 39, a truck driver from Passi, Iloilo, who was hit by a stray bullet in the abdomen. He is now being treated at the CLMMRH. The suspects fled toward the west direction of the Bredco Port in Bacolod.
SHABU IN POCKET
A police report said that a nursing attendant recovered from the pockets of Regalado an elongated sachet of suspected shabu and empty plastic sachets, a P5 coin, and a Pentel pen.
Policemen, meanwhile, recovered eight empty shells of a .45 caliber pistol at the crime scene.
Initial investigation conducted by P/Staff Sgt. Gerwin Catolico showed that Regalado was talking to several bystanders in front of a store when the suspects on board a red motorcycle arrived and the back-rider shot him several times.
The bystanders failed to identify the suspects as their faces were covered with cloth and the area was dark.
P/Lt. Joven Mogato of Station 2 said they are looking into the possibility that the killing was drug-related. They are also not ruling out the angle of revenge since Mogato said that, a few nights ago, Regalado’s former live-in partner reported him to the police when he mauled her after she refused to go with him.
The woman had reportedly reconciled with her former live-in partner and this angered Regalado, he said.
During the weekend, motorcycle-riding suspects also shot and killed an alleged drug personality, identified as Vicente Gayongala in Himamaylan City, and Paul Tejam, a deacon of INC, in Binalbagan, police said. The gunmen in those shooting incidents also used .45 caliber pistols, the police added.*