MINORS ARE TARGET, TOO: Gunmen shot dead this boy in a crowded street in Davao City, Southern Philippines. Like many other dozens of killings perpetrated by gunmen riding on motorcycle, this boy’s murder too, was on pretext he had been involved in criminal activity.Photo by Tambayan Center, Inc.
Within a span of 24 hours, according to SunStar Superbalita, a local tabloid newspaper, three persons, including a 17-year-old boy, had been murdered by gunmen riding on a motorcycle on May 16 and 17 in General Santos City, the Philippines.
As in previous cases of murders of this nature, all three had been accused of committing criminals offenses previously. Below is the brief English version of the said report;
Shot in front of his playmates
Date: May 16 at 7:30pm
victim: Alfredo Secuya Jr., 17 years old; of Zone 3, Block 0, Barangay Fatima
Alfredo Secuya Jr. was playing basketball when he was approached by gunmen who shot him twice. Two slugs from a .45 caliber pistol had been recovered from the crime scene. There were suspicions he could have been killed by “hired killer” and that he had been involved in illegall drugs after having been swayed by his friends.
This man orphans three children
Date: May 17 at around 10am
Victim: Ruel Medrano, 22 years old; of Purok San Roque, Barangay Labangal
Ruel Medrano was seen eating a snack in one of the stores when gunmen shot him dead. The gunmen, armed with a .45 caliber pistol, had approached the victim unnoticed shoting him on the head at close range. Three slugs from a pistol were found from the crime scene.
Though Ruel’s mother, Erlinda, admitted her son have had previous record of theft for stealing a mobile phone, but it happened a long time ago and they had already returned the stolen item to the owner.
“Ambot nganong gipatay man nila ang akong anak, wala silay kasing-kasing, ang akong hangyo sa mga nakakita unta motabang sa akoa aron akong maangkon ang hustisya sa kamatayon sa akong anak nga ilang gipatay, gi-angkon nako na nga may kaso na pero gibayran na nako to, looy kaayo kay may tulo pa kana nga anak nga iyang nabilin (I don’t know why they killed my son, they have no heart. My plea for those who have seen those who had killed him to help me obtain justice. I admit that my son has had a theft case before, but I already paid for it. I feel pity to his three children he had orphaned)”
Killed for being previously detained
Date: May 17 at around 7pm
Victim: Bembo Aponesto, 31 years old; of Purok 2, Rajah Muda, Barangay Bula
Bembo Aponesto was standing just outside the house of his friend when he was shot dead by unidentified gunmen. Two gunmen, carrying a .45 caliber pistol, were seen approaching him before they shot him. He suffered three gunshot wounds to his head killing him instantly. The community police, however, claimed Bembo had previously been detained in their police station for committing an offense.