Dolores, Abra. At least three are dead and 2 were wounded in the aftermath of a gun battle in Dolores, Abra last night.
The victims where identified as Former Vice-Mayor of Dolores Dante Guzman,53 years old, his brother, a police officer, PO3 Dindo Guzman, 45 yers old and Jun Cabanawan 48 years old. Also another person believe to have triggered the incident, Christian Cortez, surrendered to the police without any resistance.
According to police investigators, the incident happened at around 11:20PM at a wake while the victims were gambling. Witnesses said that PO3 Guzman and Cortez had some misunderstanding during the game. PO3 Guzman tried to frisk Cortez for gun but Cortez refused and went outside.
PO3 Guzman then followed Cortez and gunfire erupted. Hearing the gun shots, Former Vice Mayor Dante Guzman, rushed outside and witnesses heard another round of gunfire. It is not clear how Cabanawan got involved in the incident.Some say that Cabanawan could have been outside with Cortez when he got hit by the first volley of gunfire.
During the gunfire, another two were wounded. They were identified as Christopher Tordil, 40 years old and Cesar Zapat, 34 years old.
The Guzman brothers and Cabanawan were rushed to the hospital but were pronounced dead on arrival.
Residents of Dolores are speculating that this incident may have some political rivalry involved noting that the Guzman Family are politically active, while Cortez, Cabanawan and the two wounded are all identified with the current Mayor JR Seares.
The Guzmans are brothers of ABRECO Chairman of the Board David Guzman who lost to Mayor Seares during the May 2013 Elections. (abrenian.com)