Violent crime in Cebu, February 2021

Feb. 2, past 7PM. Mar “Kyo” Rabaya, 39, cockpit bet collector (“masyador”), Brgy. San Isidro, Talisay City. The victim was shot dead by riding in tandem in front of his cousin’s store in San Isidro where he was helping out. The police said the motive could be drugs or related to his job at the cockpit .

Feb. 3. Poring Duran, a senior citizen, Upper Anajao, Argao. The victim was found dead with stab wounds on her neck and face. A suspect was arrested some days later in connection with a rape case and he reportedly confessed to having murdered Poring Duran.

Feb. 6, 2021. Norman Marcel Suico, 56, Brgy. Alang-Alang, Mandaue City. The victim was shot dead by riding in tandem in a narrow alley in So. Sudlon, Brgy. Alang-Alang. The police said drugs could be a motive because the house of the victim’s son-in-law had once been subject of an anti-illegal drug raid.

Feb. 9, 2021, 7PM. Wilfredo Ardiente, Jr., 38, from Brgy. Sirao, Cebu City, but temporarily residing at Brgy. Tuyom, Carcar City. The victim was shot dead by riding in tandem at Brgy. Tuyom. He was jailed at Cebu City Jail in connection with a drug case but released in December 2020.

Feb. 10. Genevib Cocalon , 28, Brgy. Lanao, Pilar, Camotes. The victim was stabbed to death while her husband was wounded when the suspect entered their house while the couple was asleep and attacked Genevib.

Feb. 12, 2021, 10PM. Virgie “Ejet” Erojo, 62, Brgy. Lawaan, Alcantara. The victim was saying the rosary when the attacker entered her house and shot her dead.

Feb. 13, 2021, 3AM. Edilberto “Eddie” Lumontad, 51, Upper Campo, Poblacion, Pinamungajan. 5 to 7 unidentified attackers who arrived in an SUV and two motorcycles barged into the house, ordered everyone to drop down, and shot the victim dead. PNP Chief Debold Sinas later announced that the victim was involved in drugs and had most recently evaded arrest during a buy bust in Lapu Lapu City October 2020.

Feb. 13, 7AM. Jerome “Rom” or “Ro” Normandia, garbage truck driver, ex-convict, Brgy. Canduman, Mandaue City. The victim was heading home from the Canduman Market when he was attacked and shot by riding in tandem. He expired later at the hospital according to a post in Facebook. Normandia was arrested for illegal drugs in July 2019 and released in December the same year after pleading guilty to a lesser offense.

Feb. 14, 2021, past 1PM. Albert Rafols, 33, reported to be mentally disturbed, was shot dead by his neighbor, a barangay councilor (former barangay captain), at their barangay, Sawang Calero, Cebu City. Witnesses identified the suspect and told the police that the two had an argument before the suspect shot and killed Rafols.

Feb. 15, 3 or 4AM. Alma Kato Alvaro, 40, wife of alleged drug lord Barok Alvaro (who is in jail), Brgy. Timobo, Danao City. Four suspects forced their way into the house where the family was gathered for the Valentine’s Day celebration (and birthday of Barok Alvaro). They shot the victim in the face and head after ordering everyone else in the house to lie facedown on the floor.

Feb. 20, 2021, 2AM. A 23-year old man (last name likely Cacanog) from Purok Nangka, Landing, Brgy. Catarman, Liloan, was shot dead and a 15-year old companion/friend from Brgy. Pardo, Cebu City, wounded by unidentified suspect in what the police say was a drug related shooting incident at Villalaras, Brgy. Jubay, Liloan.

Feb. 23, 2021, afternoon. Abdullah Pabilla, 58, head of Muslim Affairs Office, Lapu Lapu City Government, native of Madalum, Lanao del Sur. The victim was shot dead by riding in tandem at the Lapu Lapu City Hall compound.

Sources: CDN Digital, The Freeman, Banat News, Sunstar Cebu, Superbalita Cebu, Radio Station DYLA, Facebook

Published by maritcabugon

Author of Resurgence in The Manila Times

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