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Guv alarmed by Bacolod shooting incidents

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BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson admits that the series of shooting incidents in Bacolod City that have claimed lives of several persons within the month is getting alarming.

Within a period of three weeks in June, police have recorded nine shooting incidents in Bacolod City. The latest victim was Christopher Guanzon, who was shot and killed on Sunday night by an unidentified gunman in front of his sister at Adelfa Street in Brgy. 31, Bacolod City

Guanzon, 34, succumbed to a gunshot wound in the head, according to deputy police spokesperson, PLt. Liberty Indiape.

He was the ninth victim of a spate of shooting incidents in Bacolod City this month.

While it has not affected the province, Lacson said “it’s something that should already be discussed and find solutions to these incidents that are starting to be alarming.”

Lacson, Bacolod City Mayor-Elect Alfredo “Albee” Benitez, PCol. Thomas Joseph Martir, director of the Bacolod City Police Office, and PCol. Leo Pamittan, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, yesterday met at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City, to discussed the peace and order concerns in Bacolod City and the province.

He said that the meeting is an indication that Bacolod City and Negros Occidental will work together in the next three years.

Benitez said the meeting is aimed at addressing the needs of Philippine National Police to ensure such incidents will not happen again.

Because of the series of incidents, he admitted that the performance of Martir as BCPO director, is now under review.*

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