By Rubyloida Bitog
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — One of the suspects in a recent shooting incident in Dolores, Abra is now facing charges for the crimes of direct assault with frustrated murder and murder cases.
The shootout incident along Pedro Balmaceda St., Balneg, Poblacion killed a Bangued police and a former vice mayor of Dolores.
The victims were identified as Police Officer 3 Dindo Bobiles Guzman, 45, who was assigned in Bangued Police Station and his brother Dante Bobiles Guzman, 53, former vice mayor of Dolores town.
The suspects, who are known to be the bodyguards of incumbent Mayor of Dolores Abra – Robert Seares, were identified as Jun Cabanaoan, Christian Jay Cortez alias Immong, and Jeffrey Buentipo Borgonia, all residents of Poblacion, Dolores. Cabanaoan was killed during the encounter while Cortez was later surrendered by Seares to the policemen in Abra and Borgonia is still at large.
The injured during the incident were identified as Christopher Bunag Tordil, 40, businessman; and Cesar Purisima Zapata, 34, Abra Electric Cooperative employee, who were with the Guzman brothers. Zapata was later discharge from the hospital.
Police investigation revealed the victims attended a certain wake when they had a heated argument with Cortez while they are playing dice.
Cortez left but Dindo and Dante Guzman followed him, which resulted in gunfire between them and the group of Cabanaoan, Cortez and other male persons.
The victims and the suspects sustained multiple gunshot wounds and were immediately brought to the Abra Provincial Hospital for medical treatment except Cabanaoan who died on the spot. However, brothers Dindo and Dante Guzman were declared dead on arrival by the attending physician. A certain Christopher Tordil is still confined at the hospital.
The crime scene investigators recovered 18 spent cartridges of caliber 9mm and 13 for caliber 45; one slug fragment of unknown caliber; a deformed slug; two rounds of ammunition for caliber .45 and 9mm; two copper jacket fragments; and a black holster.
Manhunt operation is still ongoing against Borgonia and other suspects while charges were filed against the suspects.