By Jorge Hallare
LEGAZPI CITY --- A goldpanner was killed in Aroroy, Masbate on Monday evening while an active policeman assigned in Camp Crame was arrested on Monday morning in his house in Polangui, Albay for the murder of a military man last year, reports reaching the Police Regional Office in Bicol based here (PRO5) said Tuesday.
Sr. Insp. Ma. Luisa Calubaquib, PRO5 spokesperson, said in Masbate, the goldpanner identified as Randy M. Rudio, 38, was dead on the spot after four unidentified gunmen shot him and three other companions while they were in front of a videoke bar in Barangay Puro, Aroroy town Monday (February 27) night.
Rudio’s three other companions were wounded in the attack.
Calubaquib said that at 9:30 p.m., the gunmen who were on board two motorcycles arrived and for no apparent reason shot Rudio and his three friends as they were talking together in front of Acacia Videoke K Bar.
Rudio’s three companions, who were identified as Julius S. Ramones, 25, also a gold panner; and Carmi Grace Clarion, 30, and Grace Benesano, 26, both guest relations officers of the videoke bar, were rushed to the Masbate Provincial Hospital for treatment.
Investigators from the Aroroy Municipal Police Office and Masbate Provincial Police Office said Rudio died from gunshot wounds on his chest and head.
Some 12 empty shells of a .45-cal. pistol were recovered from the crime scene.
In Albay, Chief Insp. Arthur Gomez, spokesperson and chief of Investigation Division of Albay Provincial Police Office, said SPO1 Ernesto LLadones Jr. gave up peacefully on Monday morning when arrested in his house in Barangay Centro Occidental, Polangui town for the murder of a military officer following traffic altercation in July 2016.
Gomez said Lladones, 36, who is currently assigned at the PSPG-Protection and Escort Unit in Camp Crame in Quezon City, was arrested at 10:00 a.m. by combined provincial policemen and municipal policemen led by PO3 Nestor Sarile Jr.
A warrant of arrest was issued against Lladones after he shot to death Cpl. Anthony P. Manuel, an active member of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines when they engaged in a heated argument after their motorcycles collided at an intersection in Barangay Magurang in Polangui town on July 5, 2016.
The victim was a native of Barangay Balogo, Oas town, also in Albay.
Gomez said no bail bond was given for the temporary liberty of Lladones.