TAGBILARAN CITY – City Mayor John Geesnell Yap II rebuffed tag of this city as a “killing field.” The city mayor was responding to a text received by his weekly radio program, calling this city as a killing field. What happened to Rodalyn Gamba, 20, a college student and native of Banderahan, Valencia town is an isolated case, the mayor said. Gamba’s lifeless body was found dumped in a bushy area not far from roadside along B. Inting street in this city recently. Investigation is still going on and the suspect, Cristino L. Maligmat, of Loboc town, said to be her former boyfriend and a student, was nabbed in Impasug-ong, town, Bukidnon, report said.
On Valentines Day, Engr. Maurito Lim, a blocktimer of DyRD was gunned down at close range that cause his immediate death. Police has already arrested the suspect and filed murder case in court. A weekly news cited that following a number of killings the “city turning into the killing field of drug personalities.” The former city councilor’s son, identified as Oscar Glovasa was also gunned down for unknown motive, police said.
A suspect of snatching, identified as one Arnold Espinoza, 22, of Cebu was shot to death by “riding in tandem.” Police believe that illegal drugs dealers are fighting each other, including those who fail to remit the drug money, city police chief PCInsp. Geroge Vale once said. A certain Giovanni Cuizon, who was believed a close associate of then dismissed police officer the late Owen Rosales, was killed. Rosales was believed to have hatched to kill former police chief of Ubay, George Caña. Prior to Cuizon’s death, a certain Ritchie Campanilla, resident of barangay Dao here and Edwin alias “Awing” Tare, also of barangay Dao, were likewise victims of killing.
Another what police believed as drug-related murder was that of Aliwayway Solis, a manager of one of the videoke bar in this city was shot in broad daylight and died at corner Palma street and CPG avenue. The same fate befell to “Tambok” Verula, who was shot by “riding in tandem” not far the city bus terminal, where the former publisher of defunct Bantay Balita Antonio Silagon was also shot to death. (rvo)