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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, December 2, 2019
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2 killed in Negros shootings


Two were killed, one a fishpond manager and the other a suspect in a shooting incident, on Saturday and Friday in Kabankalan City and La Castellana, Negros Occidental.

Two unidentified suspects, armed with high-powered firearms, waylaid and shot dead fishpond manager Ramonito Gasataya on Saturday in Brgy. Daan Banwa, Kabankalan City, the police said yesterday.

Gasataya, 59, was on his way to Sitio Catali in the barangay, on board his motorcycle, when the two armed suspects came out from a sugarcane plantation and shot him.

The two suspects fled on board a Bajaj motorcycle, while the victim was declared dead on arrival at the Kabankalan District Hospital.

Recovered from the scene of the crime were nine empty shells of M-14 and .30 caliber carbine rifles.

Lt. Col. Jonel Guadalope, Kabankalan City police officer-in-charge, said yesterday that they are looking into personal grudges as among the motives in the killing of Gasataya.

A cartolina recovered by the police at the crime scene bore a message linking the victim to alleged killings, which the police is now investigating.

Guadalope said the victim manages a family-owned fishpond in the barangay.

A shooting suspect identified as Jeffrey Servidad was also killed, after he allegedly opened fire at the police on Friday in Brgy. Robles, La Castellana, Negros Occidental.

Servidad, 48, of Purok Cubay in Brgy. Villamonte, Bacolod City, allegedly shot complainant Reynaldo Biaras, who was riding a motorcycle at Feria Street in the barangay, in the neck.

The suspect, who fled on board a motorcycle, was chased by policemen, who were on a routine patrol in the area.

The La Castellana police said Servidad shot the pursuing policemen, which prompted them to return fire.

Servidad was declared dead on arrival at a hospital, the La Castellana police said.*


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