LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (May 23) — Shooting incidents continue to rock Abra province amid highly contested local polls.
Police are still investigating the killing of a market supervisor and a farmer, who were both shot by still unidentified assailants, in two separate towns.
Francis Few Acena, 42, a market supervisor of Bangued town was waylaid on Saturday while on board his owner-type jeep on his way home from work. Two men shot him at the corner of Del Pilar and Washington streets. The market supervisor sustained several gunshot wounds in the body. The gunmen reportedly fled on board a blue Yamaha RS motorcycle.
The victim reportedly had frequent altercations with ambulant vendors at the market prior to his death. The weapon used was believed to be a caliber .45 pistol after investigators found six empty shells and three deformed slugs at the crime scene.
On Sunday, Renato de Guzman Belleza, 31, of Barangay Toon, La Paz, Abra was also shot dead by a lone gunman. The victim was passing through a rice field when he was murdered. Belleza was shot in the head.
La Paz policemen found three spent shells of caliber .45 pistol at the crime scene.
On Monday night, 60 year old Tineg town local government unit driver Carlito Mariano was shot dead by his own son Elmer at their residence in Zone 3, Bangued town.
Supt. Joseph Adnol, Cordillera police spokesman, however, said that the Monday shooting could not be post election related because they found out that Mariano and his son had not been in good terms for long. It was only on Monday that the two met after the older Mariano left his son’s mother. They reportedly had a fight before the shooting happened. # Ace Alegre for NORDIS