BY WAYNE A. BIGSAT
Police investigators are looking into the angle of retaliation behind the shooting to death of a man whose body was recovered in a garbage dump yesterday afternoon at Palanca Road, Barangay 8 in Bacolod City.
Police Capt. Paul Vincent Pendon, Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) Police station 2 commander, in an interview, identified the victim as Mark Borbon Decolongon, 37, of Purok Woodstock, Barangay Tangub.
The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds on his neck and chest while two empty shells of a .45 caliber were found at the scene.
He said that they are considering the possible motive was an act of vengeance since the victim was also implicated in the robbery of a truck on Sunday along Lacson Extension in Brgy. 39, where he allegedly took the truck driver’s money amounting to P12,000 along with the driver’s cellular phone and denim jeans.
Pendon added a concerned citizen called the station to report that a body was dumped in their area and the police immediately responded to check the scene of the crime. A security guard posted nearby heard multiple gunshots and saw a motorcycle heading north, fleeing the scene.
Moreover, a backtrack investigation into the possible routes of the shooter, specifically going to Purok Lampirong are being looked into, including the CCTVs near the area, for possible identification of the gunman.
“The victim is known to be a notorious thief and a headache amongst the truck drivers that situate their trucks on Bredco port where he would often rob the trucks,” Pendon said and added he would use the stolen money to buy drugs and also possibly push drugs in the area of Barangay Tangub.
The incident is the second shooting that Police Station 2 reported for this month of June, making it the 13th shooting in Bacolod City. Ballistics for crossmatching will determine if the recent shootings are linked.
The police commander cited their area is where shootings or similar crimes often take place and highlighted the placement of compact Quick Response Team (QRT) of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) in Purok Lampirong, along with the station’s three patrol cars conducting roving patrols to maintain peace and security in their area.
“It’s a tiring part for police officer but it is a mandate from our city director for police stations to never stop patrolling to prevent the rise of crimes,” Pendon added.*