BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – A man who bragged about his gun but got scorned by a friend allegedly shot him dead and wounded another during a wake in the northern Negros city of Escalante.
Police said Eduardo Mahilum, 52,first bragged to Benjie Sabino, about his gun, a .38 caliber revolver during a wake in the sub-village of Guintngan in Japitan village.
Sabino, the police prober said, told Mahilum to hide the gun because there was a lot of people at the wake.
Sabino then left him to watch Jemar Paulino, 33, play tong its, a card game.
The police added Mahilum later went to the table and shot Sabino.
The bullet went through Sabino’s right ear and hit Paulino, who was seated near him, on his left chest.
Mahilum quickly fled the scene while Paulino and Sabino were rushed to the Vicente Gustilo District Hospital where doctors declared Paulino dead upon arrival.
The shooter was captured after a chase by the Escalante police that has detained him.
Police Lieutenant Armel Lasap said Mahilum’s outburst may have been caused by personal problems.
Lasap added relatives of the victims might file charges against Mahilum for homicide and frustrated homicide.
In other crime stories, a resident of Purok Kinabong 2, Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia named Binjo Francisco was arrested by local authorities for the crime of murder at Purok. Calipas, Brgy. Igmaya-an, Don Salvador Benedicto town.
The alleged murderer is facing a non-bailable charge and is now under the custody of the town police.
Police arrested Leonardo Camota, 38, during a buy bust operation in Purok Proper 2, Brgy Binaguiohan, Escalante City.
He is currently detained in the police station of the city.
Jake Cuambot, 29, and Guillermo Bautista, 62, both residents of Sitio Palao, Brgy. Balintawak in Escalante was nabbed for violating Anti-Gambling laws.
Their bail was set at 30,000 pesos for their temporary liberty.
Six tong-its players were caught in the act by police in Sitio Melendres, Brgy. Antipolo, Pontevedra during an anti-gambling operation.
The alleged gamblers were Jessie Alojamento, 46; Raymund Lopez, 30; Romeo Marfil, 78; Leticia Marfil, 74; Anabelle Alojamento, 59; and Zenaida Estandarte, 61.
They are currently under the custody of local police.