Manhunt on vs. gunmen in internet shop shooting

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KIDAPAWAN CITY — Police in North Cotabato has ordered a manhunt against two men who shot and injured three persons inside an internet café in Carmen, North Cotabato Wednesday.

Col. Maximo Layugan, North Cotabato police director, has directed the Carmen police office to fast-track the investigation and file appropriate charges against the attackers in the 7 p.m. shooting in Purok 4A, Barangay Poblacion, Carmen.

The victims were identified as Jay Henilo, 21 of Landasan, Parang, Maguindanao; Rasid Marot, 21, of Barangay Kitulaan, Carmen; and Mohammad Balayanan, 19, of Barangay Poblacion, also in Carmen.

“Col. Layugan wants a speedy probe to bring the perpetrators before the bar of justice,” said Lt. Col. Bernard Tayong, provincial police spokesperson.

The victims were playing the popular “mobile legend” computer game inside the Gloria Internet Cafe at the Poblacion when two men on board a motorbike arrived and opened fire using .45-caliber pistols.

“The target of the gunmen was Henilo who sustained gunshot wounds in different parts of his body. The other two were hit by stray bullets,” Tayong said.

Investigators found seven empty shells for .45-caliber pistol at the scene.

The victims are now recuperating in a hospital in Kidapawan City. 

Meanwhile, in Antipas, North Cotabato, police found the lifeless body of an administrative assistant of the Department of Education.

Police said the remains of John Rex Daruca, 30, of Malinan, Kidapawan City was found sprawled along the highway in Barangay Ponteverde, Antipas town at past 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Capt. Bernard Abarquez, Antipas town police chief, said residents in Barangay Ponteverde heart gunshots hours earlier. Abarquez said the victim was driving his motorbike when shot. The vehicle was taken by the suspects.

Tayong said the motive of the separate shooting incidents could be a personal grudge. Since January 1, a total of 109 shooting incidents have been reported in North Cotabato’s 17 towns and Kidapawan City. (PNA)

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