Violent crime in Cebu, July 2021

July 3, 2:30AM. Gianne Abesia, 23, So. Bato, Brgy. Ermita, Cebu City. The victim was sleeping at Unit III, Carbon Market, Brgy. Ermita, when she was shot dead by the suspect. According to the police the victim had once been arrested for illegal drugs.

July 9, shortly after midnight. A ‘mentally challenged’, 34-year old female street dweller was shot and wounded at Brgy. Pasil, Cebu City.

July 10, 2021. The body of an unidentified male was found at So. Marag, Brgy. Sudlon II, Cebu City. The hands and feet of the victim were tied with duct tape and the head had been crushed.

July 11, 5:45PM. The vehicle of a couple from Brgy. Busay, Cebu City, was fired upon as it passed through Brgy. Valledolid, Carcar City. The couple was unhurt.

July 12, 12:30PM. Juanito Bayno Alce, 62, said to be a swertres usher, was shot dead by riding in tandem in front of his home at So. Luan-Luan, Brgy. Poblacion 1, Carcar City.

July 12, past 10PM. Mel Jonathan “Meljun” B. Narca, 32, leader of inspection team at IT Park, Cebu City, a father of two young kids, Computer Engineering graduate of Cebu Institute of Technology, resident of Brgy. Tabunok, Talisay City. The victim was shot dead by riding in tandem in Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Brgy. Camputhaw , Cebu City.

July 13, past 8PM. Jenrey Sanico, 25, construction worker, a native of Siargao, Surigao del Norte. The victim was shot dead at A. Soriano Street, Brgy. Camputhaw, Cebu City. A suspect was reportedly identified by an eye witness.

July 14, 7:47PM. Elera Tavara Navaja , 41, Maracas, Brgy. Lahug, Cebu City, a “police asset”. The victim was shot dead at So. Tarcom, Brgy. Busay, Cebu City (So. Laguerta, Lahug according to other reports). The police said they recovered three sachets of shabu from her pocket. They also said she had been an asset of Cebu City Police Office Station 4.

July 16, 2021, evening. Flora Mae Yuson, 32, mother of three children. The victim was shot dead at So. Huyong-Huyong, Alaska, Brgy. Mambaling, Cebu City. The police said she got out of jail two weeks ago after posting bail in connection with illegal drug case.

July 18, 4AM. A 17-year old man was shot and wounded by suspects riding in tandem at Brgy. Poblacion Ward 2, Minglanilla.

July 18. Marcos Abatayo, 51, So. Ratan, Brgy. Tangke, Talisay City, e-bike driver. The victim was shot dead at William Lines Subdivision at So. Kimba, Brgy. San Roque, Talisay City.

July 19, 2021. Antonio Berdin Taneo, taxi driver, Brgy. Babag, Lapu-Lapu City. The victim was found shot dead inside his taxi at Brgy. Kanamukan, Compostela. The police said they found “shabu” in the victim’s bag. He had been arrested in 2018 in Lapu-Lapu City for selling and possessing shabu.

July 19, 7:40PM. Jayson Palacio Goc-ong, 37, mechanic, Brgy. Lusaran, Cebu City. The victim was shot in the head by an unidentified suspect. He died at the hospital a few days later. The police said Goc-ong was a drug surrenderer.

July 22, 9:10AM. Reynante “Rey” Cortes, 45, Brgy. Tisa, Cebu City, radio blocktimer. The victim was shot, possibly by a sniper, in front of Radio Station DYRB in Mambaling, Cebu City. Cortes managed to get to the hospital but passed away shortly before 10AM.

July 22, 10AM. Ramir Bruno Bantolio, 36, employee of water refilling station, Purok Limogmog, Brgy. San Vicente, Liloan. The victim was shot dead at Camia Street, V&G Subdivision, Brgy. Nangka, Consolacion.

July 22, 11AM. Minchi Taborada was shot dead at Brgy. Calamba, Cebu City.


Sources: Sunstar Cebu, Superbalita Cebu, Radio Dyla, The Freeman, Banat News, CDN Digital

Violent crime in Cebu, June 2021

June 7, 6:40AM. Carl Eric Ruizo Garces , 30 (or 32), tombstone (lapida) maker, Calamba Cemetery, Cebu City. The victim was shot dead, allegedly by a customer who was angry that the lapida he ordered wasn’t ready.

Carl Eric Ruizo Garces. From Facebook

June 9. A security guard was shot and wounded in Jasmin Street, Brgy. Capitol Site, Cebu City. The suspect was a fellow security guard. The two had a quarrel.

June 11, 5PM. Welrenjyl Madrid, 29, construction worker, was shot dead by riding in tandem at So. Simboryo, Brgy. Tayud, Liloan. (Note: this entry could not be verified through a second source.)

June 12, 2021. The body of an unidentified male, estimated to be 30-40 years old, was found in the morning at Brgy. Banhigan, Dalaguete. The body bore bullet wounds. The victim has not been identified as of June 20, 2021.

Photos of unidentified salvage victim’s tattoos. From Facebook page of Dalaguete Police Station, June 2021

June 12, 2021. Allan Gorres, 41, security guard, Brgy. Jugan, Consolacion. The victim was found dead, with gunshot wounds in his body, in the morning of June 12 at Brgy. Yati, Liloan, where he was on duty.

June 14. The body of Warlito Ocaba Laborte, Brgy. Suba, Cebu City, was found on June 15 thrown along the transcentral highway in Brgy. Gaas, Balamban. The victim had been shot dead. On August 3, 2019, the victim was arrested in a drug bust in Brgy. Suba, Cebu City.

June 16, 2021, 4AM. Richard Tuñacao and an unidentified male were shot inside the Chinese cemetery in Brgy. Carreta, Cebu City. The unidentified person, said to be a resident of Brgy Hipodromo and a native of Bohol, was killed on the spot. Tuñacao was the target of the suspect (a cousin) due to jealousy (the police initially declared the shooting incident for drug related since Tuñacao’s wife is in jail for a drug related offense). He was able to give the identity of the suspect to the police before he died a day after having been shot. The suspect was later arrested.

June 17, 9AM. Josephine Manilag Rollon, 38, manicurist, Brgy. Mambaling, Cebu City. The victim was shot dead by a bonnet wearing unidentified suspect inside her house. She had been in jail for a drug related offense, posted bail and later got arrested for illegal gambling. The victim was reportedly known in the community as an “asset” and the police guessed that this could be the reason why she was murdered.

June 17, 1:30PM. Ryan Canoy Magtagad, 36, canvasser, Brgy. Tutay, Pinamungajan. The victim was shot dead by motorcycle riding gunmen while traversing Manipis, Campo 7, Minglanilla direction of Toledo City, while his companion – riding a separate motorcycle – was wounded. Another person who was passing the area that time in a multi cab was also hit. Magtagad, father of a young child, was bringing various goods such as chairs and floor mats, that he was selling.

June 18, 2021. Gavino, 49, DepEd liaison officer and businessman, and Arlene Sanchez, 47, elementary school teacher, Brgy. Tubod, Minglanilla. The husband and wife were abducted June 16 and their lifeless bodies found on June 18 inside their vehicle that had been abandoned by the suspects at Brgy. Tanañas, San Fernando. The victims had been shot dead. The suspects are believed to have stolen millions of pesos and jewelries. One of the businesses of the couple was lending.

Gavino and Arlene Sanchez. Victims of abduction, robbery and murder. Photo from Facebook

June 19, 2021. Hazel Haynar, 41, vendor, Brgy. Tipolo, Mandaue City. The victim was stabbed to death. The suspect, the victim’s live-in partner, was arrested by the police. The motive was allegedly jealousy.

June 20, 2021. Angel Cruz, 20, was stabbed to death in Brgy. Guadalupe, Carcar City.

June 21, around 10AM. Abner Sumadia, 44, So. Wangyu, Mambaling, Cebu City, was walking home after buying cigarettes when he was shot dead by unidentified suspect(s) at So. Bliss, Alaska, Brgy. Mambaling, Cebu City.

June 25, 2021. Ret. Police Chief MSgt. Michael Rivera Ermie, 46, District 1, Brgy. Pulpogan, Consolacion. The victim was shot dead by riding in tandem some 200 meters from his home. The victim was one of the Cebu-based police officers affected by the July 15 2016 order of PNP. He was reassigned to Cordillera Administrative Region.

June 26, 8PM. Wendell Villarubin, 34, vendor and ex-convict. The victim was shot dead at Purok II, Upper San Isidro, San Fernando.

June 28, 2021, 10PM. Raymart Bacalso, 28, Brgy. Candulawan, Talisay City. The victim was found with a bullet wound in his head at Sta. Lucia Cabancalan I, Brgy. Bulacao, Cebu City. The police said he was a suspected drug pusher.

June 29, 2021, 2PM. Rosvilla Gungob Tanjay, 60, So. Dagundong, Brgy. Panas, Consolacion. Unidentified suspects broke into the home of Rosvilla (or Rosebilla) and her husband Rogelio Pepito Tanjay, 70, and shot dead Rosvilla while Rogelio was hit in the foot.

Tanjay couple’s home. From Help Tv Cebu Facebook page

June 30, 3PM. Leonora “Nora” Gellica Fuentes, 47, So. Sangi, Brgy. Guadalupe, Carcar City. The victim was shot dead by unidentified suspect at So. Danao 1, Brgy. Valencia, Carcar City.

Sources: Superbalita Cebu, Sunstar Cebu, Banat News, The Freeman, CDN Digital, Radio DYLA, Help Tv Cebu, Paul Lauro, FB

Violent crime in Cebu, May 2021

May 6, past 2AM. Fernando “Edmond” Derain Berdesala, 39, habalhabal driver and runner, So. Lalin, Brgy. Jagobiao, Mandaue City. The victim, who was sleeping, was hit by an apparent stray bullet from the street. He was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

Fernando Berdesada, a father and a friend

May 6, past 12 noon. Rodulfo Seno Bihag, 81, Zone 5, Brgy. Canduman, Mandaue City. The victim was about to enter the gate of his house when he was shot dead by riding in tandem. The police said that the murder could be related to a land dispute.

May 10, 7:30PM. Roberto Poquita Pacatang, 63, retired employee of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Carmen. The victim was riding his motorcycle on his way home when he was shot dead by riding in tandem (riding on two motorcycles).

Roberto Pacatang, retired BFAR employee. From FB

May 10, 2021, 11PM. A man just recently released from New Bilibid Prison was drinking tuba at the roadside in Sibonga when he was shot dead by unidentified suspects.

May 11, 2021. Larry Villalonga , 64, pianist, So. Seaside, Basak San Nicolas. The victim was stabbed to death inside his home by a 27-year old burglar. The suspect surrendered.

May 17, 2021, 9PM. Ronelo Gono , 36, mechanic employed by poultry farm in Brgy. Tapon, Dalaguete, native of Sogod, Southern Leyte. The victim was shot dead by an unidentified suspect inside the poultry farm. He was shot in the back of his head.

May 18. Cairoden Ampaso Palman, 43, Imam, President of Darussalem Urban Poor Association, St. Michael’s Village, Pajac, Lapu-Lapu City. The victim was shot dead by unidentified suspects inside the village.

May 20, 2021, 7:50PM. Ronald Baldivino Javierto, 39, habal-habal driver, Brgy. Compostela, Alegria. The victim was shot dead by unidentified suspects at Proper, Brgy. Compostela. He had previously been in jail for drug related offense but released on plea bargain agreement in 2019.

May 21, 2021, around 9AM. Targatram Singh, 32, Indian national, money lender, Brgy. Basak, Lapu-Lapu City. The victim was collecting loan payments when shot and killed by a lone gunman who appeared out of nowhere. There was no robbery involved.

May 24, 6PM. Henry Malingin, 36, Soong, Brgy. Mactan, Lapu-Lapu City. The victim was on his way home when an unidentified suspect shot him in the head.

May 28, 2021, 4AM (Friday). Johaber Campong Abdulgani alias Opao Bao, 28, vendor, Brgy. Pahina Central, Cebu. The victim was shot dead in Colon Street, Cebu City.

May 28, 2021, Friday. Elizabeth Garte (or Grate), 37, was shot dead inside the Chinese cemetery in Brgy. Carreta, Cebu City. The police said that they recovered shabu from the victim.

May 28. Arnel Buot Gaviola, 34, So. Calumpang, Brgy. Inayawan, Cebu City. The victim was shot in the head. He was murdered at his home.

Arnel Gaviola. From FB

May 28, late afternoon. Merdin Urot Timblor, 33, trisikad driver, Brgy. Montealegre, Tuburan. The victim was driving his trisikad when he was shot in the back of his head at Brgy. 2, Tuburan. The police arrested three suspects shortly after midnight. A 26-year old man was the trigger man. The motive seems to be a personal grudge.

May 28, around 8PM. Rustico Luna Tan, 80, a former priest, former NPA commander and negotiator for for the National Democratic Front in peace talks with the Philippine government; Pilar, Camotes. The victim was shot multiple times in the head while he was sleeping in front of his home.

Rustico Tan was arrested in 2017 and detained in Tagbilaran City until 2018 when the judge dismissed all charges. He was arrested again in December 2019 and jailed in Bacolod City. He was released in February the following year but continued to attend hearings in the cases related to his time as NPA commander. Photo: from FB

May 29, 2021, 9AM. P/MSgt. Raymond Awit Zozobrado, 40, assigned at Guihulngan City Police Station, from Brgy. Mambaling, Cebu City. The victim had just arrived via ferry at Dumanjug from Guihulngan City and was en route to the city when waylaid in Brgy. Dakit, Barili. His female companion was wounded. The assailants were aboard a Toyota Innova. Zozobrado survived an ambush in April 2018 at a time (March-April 2018) where three active and one AWOL policemen from Cebu had been murdered.

May 29, evening. Niño Anthony Roble, 14, Brgy. Suba, Danao City. The victim was shot and wounded at San Pedro, Taytay, Danao City. However, he expired at 11 o’clock the following morning. The suspect, a 20-year old man, was arrested a few hours later.

May 31, 2021, 4AM. Arlon Cantay Malirong alias Jeboy, 33, construction worker, So. Mag-ope, Brgy. Sumon, Tuburan, was still sleeping when an unidentified suspect shot him dead.

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

Violent crime in Cebu, April 2021

April 5, afternoon. Arjino Paran Badayan, 62, farmer, Sogod. The victim died after his neighbor hit him on the head with a piece of wood.

NOTE: P/Col. Robert Lingbawan on April 9 assumed as Cebu Provincial Police Office director, replacing P/Col. Alladin Collado.

April 10, 9PM. Ponciano Losernas, Jr., 35, farmer, San Francisco, Camotes. The victim was shot dead by a 38-year old suspect who was arrested shortly after committing the crime.

April 11 (Sunday), 2:30AM. A husband, 57, and his wife, 56, were sleeping inside their store at Brgy. Poblacion, Danao City when an unidentified suspect entered the store and shot them. Both husband and wife were wounded and brought to the hospital.

April 11, 7PM. A 38-year old farmer from Brgy. Cantabaco, Toledo City, was shot and wounded by a drunk man.

April 11, 9PM. A 19-year old man was shot and wounded by riding in tandem at Balirong, Naga City.

April 12, past 9AM. A 38-year old Korean woman was shot and wounded by riding in tandem in Banilad, Mandaue City. The victim was waiting inside her car when attacked. The victim reportedly works for a travel agency.

NOTE: On April 14, P/Col. Engelbert Soriano replaced P/Col. Lingbawan as CPPO director.

April 14, 2021, Past 5PM. Ritchie Nepomuceno, female, 35, Deca Homes, Tungkil, Minglanilla. The victim was shot dead by riding in tandem while she was standing at Natalio Bacalso Avenue, Cebu City. She had filed complaints against Sawang Calero police for robbery, arbitrary detention and more, and accused the leader of the raiding team, P/Staff Sgt. Celso Colita, of raping her twice. Later on April 14, Colita was found dead inside the bathroom of the Regional Drug Enforcement Unit -7 where Colita was staying after having been suspended pending investigation of Nepomuceno’s allegations. The police said Colita had shot himself.

April 20, 2021. The body of an unidentified male person with bullet wound was discovered at Brgy. Panlag, Consolacion.

April 20, 8:20PM. Nasem Lequigan, 31, Purok Lemonsito, Brgy. Umapad, Mandaue City. The victim was shot dead by the suspect who was complaining about the victim’s dog’s barking.

Nasem Lequigan. Shot dead for no reason.

April 20, 8:50PM. Roger Mangas, 42, So. Sambagan, Brgy. Tabunok, Talisay City. The victim was shot dead by unidentified suspect/s when he was getting his motorcycle parked opposite side of the road.

April 20, 11:50PM. A 32-year old man from Brgy. Daanlungsod, Toledo City, was shot and wounded by a lone gunman at So. Terminal, Brgy. Poblacion, Toledo City.

April 24, 2021, 5PM. A 12-year old boy was shot dead by a security guard of a construction site in Brgy. Mambaling, Cebu City. The victim was with other minors/youth inside the construction site stealing scrap metals.

April 25, 7PM. Claro Ramos Cagigas, Jr., 65, Brgy. Poblacion, Argao. The victim was sitting on his terrace when shot dead by unidentified suspect/s. The victim had retired a few months earlier after many years of service at the Cebu Port Authority.

April 27, past 4PM. Ronald Cabaluna, 44, e-bike driver, Brgy. Candulawan, Talisay City, was stabbed to death by a fellow e-bike driver after a quarrel.

April 27, 2021, 7PM. A 29-year old fisherman from Medellin was fired upon and wounded while riding his pumpboat. The suspects, too, were on a pumpboat with one of the suspects opening fire. The “riding-in-tandem” on the sea happened in Brgy. Poblacion, Santa Fe, Bantayan Island.

April 28. Ronnie Subingsubing, 34, Brgy. Day-as, Cebu City, messenger at a printing company. The victim had a quarrel with someone and left for the northern town of Tabogon. However, his enemy caught up with him and shot him dead at Brgy. Ilihan.

April 28, 2021. John Lester Bernales, 21, Brgy. Cogon Pardo, Cebu City. The victim was shot dead by unidentified suspect who walked up to him and shot him not far from the victim’s house.

Sources: SunStar Cebu, Superbalita Cebu, Banat News, The Freeman, Radio Station DYLA, Radio Mindanao Network – DYHP, Facebook

Violent crime in Cebu, March 2021

March 5, 9PM. Saidato Masarong Saumay, 25, tricycle driver, Lapu Lapu City. The victim was shot dead by unidentified suspect/s at Brgy. Basak, Lapu Lapu City, while driving his motorcycle.

March 9, 5:45PM. Isidro Etherbert Quinto Padigos, 53, balot vendor, Brgy. Ocaña, Carcar City. The victim was shot dead by unidentified suspect at So. Talamban, Brgy. Napo, Carcar City.

March 20, 1AM. Concordia Luceño, 64, farmer. The victim was shot dead and her husband wounded by their daughter’s 27-year old live-in partner at the victims’ home in Brgy. Lugo, Borbon.

March 21, 2021, 8PM. Elton Jun M. Lañojan, 17, Dalaguete. The victim was sitting outside his home when shot dead.

Elton Jun Lañojan. Why was he murdered?

March 22, evening. Melquiades “Ambo” Tapasao, 54, was stabbed to death at Brgy. Lanas, Naga City.

March 22, evening. Baby Mae Agner, 29, So. Crusher, Brgy. Lawaan 3, Talisay City. The victim was stabbed to death by her former live-in partner. The suspect also stabbed Agner’s new live-in partner who was wounded. After murdering Agner, the suspect burned the body which resulted to the house catching fire.

March 26, 11:15AM. Reynaldo Batad Arcenal, 48, Hagnaya, San Remigio. The victim had just posted bail in a drug-related case at the court in Bogo City when the vehicle he and members of his family were riding was waylaid at Brgy. Don Vicente Gonzales, Medellin. The gunmen used two vehicles. They ordered Arcenal’s companions to get out of the car and lay down on the road, face down. Then they shot dead Arcenal. The victim’s sister was wounded. The police said that Arcenal was allowed to post bail due to his lung cancer for which he was seeking medical treatment.

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

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

Violent crime in Negros Oriental, Jan. 2021

Jan. 10 (Sunday), 7:10AM. Rude Anthony “Tonton” Melodia, 29, municipal councilor, son of a former mayor, Purok 3, Brgy. Poblacion, Sta. Catalina. The victim was washing his car when the killers arrived on motorcycles and shot him dead.

Jan. 26, 1PM. Ferdinand “Franzel” Escalante, 35, Brgy. Apolong, Valencia. The victim’s body was found inside her car parked along the road in Bacong. The head was wrapped in plastic. Franzel was a known organizer of LGBT pageants.

Franzel Escalante (from her Facebook)

Jan. 29, 2021, 3PM. Junjun “Choy” (or “Butsoy”) Moria Ardoza, 47, and Dindo Regalado Mascardo, Brgy. Poblacion 2, Bais City. The two men were shot dead at the cockpit in Tanjay Square Garden, Tanjay City. A third person was hit in the jaw and wounded during the attack.

Dindo Mascardo at his father’s grave (his father was murdered by riding in tandem on August 2 2020). From Facebook

Violent crime in Cebu, January 2021

Jan. 1 (Friday), shortly after 6PM. Ruben Feliciano, businessman, native of Zamboanga but temporary resident of Brgy. Apas, Cebu, ran for mayor of San Fernando, Cebu in May 2019. The victim was walking in Apas when estimated five armed men riding a van without plate number shot him dead. The victim’s niece was wounded in the attack.

Ruben Feliciano. From the internet.

Jan. 1, 2021. The body of an unidentified male person is found at So. Lunas, Brgy. Cadaruhan, Borbon. The face was covered and had been set on fire.

Jan. 2, 2021, 1PM. Jimmy Tabura, 50, security guard, habalhabal driver and former tanod, Brgy. Inayawan, Cebu City. The victim was shot by unidentified suspects at Inayawan. He died later at Cebu City Medical Center.

Jimmy Tabura. From Facebook

Jan. 3, 2021, past 5PM. Danie Alolod, 40, Brgy. Kaongkod, Madridejos. The victim was Whig dead by his neighbor, David Medallo who is connected with PDEA-7. The suspect is now jailed.

Jan. 4, 2021, early evening. Jeff Charl Mayormita, 16, Tinago, Cebu City. Suspect or suspects entered the small room of the victim and shot him to death.

Jeff Charl Mayormita. From Facebook

Jan. 8, 2021, around 11AM. Retired Police Lt. Col. Renato “Rey” Malazarte, 55, in butane business, Brgy. Luz, Cebu City. The victim was shot by riding in tandem at Brgy. Luz, Cebu City. He expired at the hospital. The victim was deputy director of the Cebu Provincial Police Office when he in August 2016 was reassigned to Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao for alleged involvement in illegal drugs. The victim retired from service shortly thereafter.

Rey Malarzarte. Photo from Sunstar Cebu article

Jan. 9 (Saturday), 2021. Jovelyn Verana Meguizo, 37, daycare worker, Upper Becerril, Boljoon. The victim was found by her 7-year old early morning of January 9, hacked to death.

Jan. 10, 2021. Fraxzedes Resonable, 72, Brgy. Manatad , Sibonga. The victim was stabbed to death. Update Jan. 13: the victim’s younger brother was arrested.

Jan. 11, 2021, 8PM. Rijie Digoro, 43, PUJ driver, Cordova. The victim was shot dead by riding in tandem at So. Calan, Brgy. Poblacion, Cordova.

Jan. 12, 2021, 1PM. Nelma Moca Abalos, 47, Cansojong, Talisay City. The victim was shot dead by riding in tandem at Cansojong. She was allegedly a police asset who had received threats and therefore had transferred to Cansojong recently.

Jan. 14, 2021, 10:30PM. Jail Officer 2 Reymond Roble Vasquez, 34, JO2 at Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Danao City, resident of Brgy. Cogon Cruz, Danao City. The victim was attacked and shot dead by eight masked persons riding four motorcycles at Brgy. Dunggoan, Danao City. The victim was inside his multi cab.

Jan. 17 (Sinulog Sunday). Randy Salera, 40, was shot dear at So. Rosario, Brgy. Labangon, Cebu City.

Jan. 18, 3:45PM. Survived. Anthony John “Antoy” Apura, 38, president of Carcar City Association of Barangay Councils and son of Mayor Nice Apura, survived a murder attempt at parking area in So. Tangasan, Brgy. Valladolid, Carcar City. The assailant or assailants was/were riding a car.

Jan. 21, 2021 12:30PM. Piara Singh , 60, an Indian National, was shot dead by unidentified assailants at Brgy. Upper Lamac, Consolacion.

Jan. 22, 2021, 5:30PM. Christian Dastin Castillo, 29, helper at store, Brgy. Tejero, Cebu City. The victim was shot dead by riding in tandem in front of his place of work in So. Silangan 2, Brgy. Tejejo.

Jan. 24. The body of an unidentified male person estimated to be 25-30 years old was found at Brgy. Tag-ube, Compostela, near boundary of Brgy. Lusaran, Cebu City. He had a gunshot wound in his eye. The victim’s mouth and eyes were wrapped in plastic.

Jan. 25, past 3PM. Rodel Demaangay, 40, dismissed police corporal, Brgy. Labangon, Cebu City. The victim was shot dead by riding in tandem at Labangon, Cebu City. According to the local police, the victim had been dismissed from service in June 2020 due to three counts of grave misconduct. The police also said that Demaangay had been found to be involved in drugs in 2018 and reassigned to Muslim Mindanao after initially having been assigned to Negros Oriental.

Jan. 25 or 26. Elsa Limosnero Pleños, 69, Unidos, San Francisco, Camotes. The victim was found stabbed to death inside her house.

Jan. 28, 2021. Fredeswendo Mejellano , 40, ex-convict (served time for frustrated murder and illegal possession of firearm), Brgy. Lipanto, Alegria. The victim’s body was found inside a sack dumped at So. Cagay, Brgy. Poblacion, Alcoy at 9AM. He was identified later. UPDATE Jan. 30: three male suspects (two from Alcoy, one from Alegria) surrendered to Alcoy Police Station. The police said the motive was personal grudge and that cause of death of victim was head injury .

Jan. 28. A 20-year old man was shot and wounded at Brgy. Tabunok, Talisay City.

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

Violent crime in Cebu, December 2020

Note: Cebu – cities and province – continue to be under Modified General Community Quarantine. Also, on December 1, Police General Albert Ignatius Ferro is replaced by Ronnie Siroy Montejo as chief of the Police Regional Office 7.

Dec. 2, 6PM. Reneboy Cañete, 27, Asturias. The victim was snot dead by riding in tandem in Carlos P. Garcia Street, Brgy. Poblacion, Danao City.

Dec. 3, 9AM. Police Staff Sergeant Gerfil “Popot” Opeña Geollina, 44, assigned in Asturias, residing at Brgy. DAS, Toledo City. The victim was ambushed by riding in tandem at Purok Manga, Brgy. Dumlog, Toledo City.

Dec. 3, 6PM. Kaysyh Billones Dumagat, 21, call center agent, a native of La Libertad, Negros Oriental, but residing and working in Lapu Lapu City. The victim was snot dead at a beach resort in Liloan, Cebu, where she was on an outing with friends.

Kaysyh. From her Facebook

Dec. 9, 8PM. Manulito “Iti” Dagoc, 53, Brgy. Sambag II, Cebu City. The victim was shot dead by five unidentified persons riding three motorcycles at Visitacion Street, So. SNCA, Brgy. Sambag II.

Dec. 13, evening. Cesar Cristobal Radar, 58, retired army soldier, native of Paoay, Ilocos Norte, but residing at Brgy. Cansojong, Talisay City. The victim was on his way home from a party when he was waylaid by unidentified gunmen at Brgy. Dumlog, Talisay City.

Cesar Ralar. From Facebook

Dec. 16, 2020, 6:30PM. P/MSgt. Elizar “Soysoy” Chiong Llanes, 42, Chief Investigator, Cordova Police Station, residing at Brgy. Basak, Mandaue City but a native of Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental. The victim was shot dead by four unidentified suspects at Brgy. Poblacion, Cordova.

From Facebook.

Dec. 17, 2:50PM. Atty. Baby Maria Concepcion Landero-Ole, Danao City. The victim was ambushed by riding in tandem at Brgy. Looc, Danao City. Her husband, Juanito Flores Ole, was shot dead by unidentified suspects in May 26, also at Poblacion, Danao City. He had served time for drugs at New Bilibid Prison.

Dec. 25, 7PM. A man from Barili was shot and wounded by an unidentified suspect at Brgy. Poblacion 1, Carcar City

Dec. 26, 10PM. Leonilo Datig, 69, Brgy. Valencia, Carcar City, was shot dead by an unidentified assailant inside his kitchen.

Sources: Superbalita Cebu, Banat News, Radio DYLA, CDN Digital, Facebook

Violent Crime in Cebu, November 2020

Nov. 1 (Sunday). Wilson “Wiwis” Alcordo Ledesma, 31, So. Tangasan, Brgy. Valladolid, Carcar City. The victim was shot and hacked to death by the suspect at So. Dam, Brgy. Poblacion 1, Carcar City. The suspect, a 34-year old security guard with residence at Poblacion 3, Carcar City, was arrested the following day in Brgy. Sangi, Toledo City. The victim was arrested in December 2012 for involvement in shooting incidents that resulted to the death of two young men on May 30 of that year. The violence was related to rivalry between two fraternities and the murder of Carl Vinson Apura, the son of the mayor, on May 13, 2012.

Nov. 2. Darwin Yburan, 42, traffic enforcer of Cebu City Traffic Office, and his brother Dwight, 39, Brgy. Bulacao, Cebu City. Two or three unidentified suspects entered the home of the brothers and shot the two. It appears that Darwin was the target. He died shortly after the attack. Dwight passed away on November 8.

Nov. 6. Friday. Rodelio Dungog, 38, Brgy. Calawisan, Lapu Lapu City. The victim was sleeping when the two suspects arrived and shot him dead. The suspects have been identified.

Nov. 6, 9PM. Edwin Moralde, 58, former employee of Lapu Lapu City Public Market, Brgy. Babag, Lapu Lapu City. Five unidentified suspects entered the victim’s house and shot him dead.

Nov. 6, 9:30PM. Ray Godinez Yuson , 39, businessman, So. Fatima, Brgy Jubay, Liloan. The victim was shot dead while he was driving his car, his bag stolen at Brgy. Pitogo, Consolacion.

Nov. 9, 6:30PM. Nico Niño Cabahug Perez, 20, Sudlon, Brgy. Maguikay, Mandaue City. The victim was shot dead by riding in tandem at the intersection of Cebu North Road and Canduman Road, Brgy. Basak, Mandaue City. His 60-year old mother was wounded. The mother and son were riding a taxi, coming from the court where Nico Niño had posted bail. He was arrested in a drug buy bust operation in Consolacion on November 7.

Nico Niño Cabahug Perez. From Facebook

Nov. 11, 2020. Porferio Reyes, Jr. , former barangay kagawad of Brgy. Balao, Barili. The victim was shot dead by a 41-year old man who was identified by the victim’s son. The suspect was arrested in Dumanjug on November 12. The motive was reportedly jealousy and the suspect had previously tried to kill Reyes.

Nov. 13. Jovani Pacaña Dayangco, 37, airport police at the Mactan Cebu International Airport, residence of Brgy. Ocaña, Carcar City. The victim had just returned to his home from work and was outside when riding in tandem arrived and shot him dead.

Nov. 17, 2020, 3AM. Bladie Mherl Badayos, 22, So. Kilawan, Brgy. Tanke, Talisay City. The victim was outside near his home when an unidentified suspect walked up to him and shot him in the head. The victim was allegedly drug user and sold drugs according to the police.

Nov. 19, morning. Vincent “Shiote” Yu Cañada, 29, resident (but not native) of Brgy. Lorega-San Miguel, Cebu City, processor of car sales at a bank. The body of the victim was found in Brgy. Garing, Consolacion. The hands were tied on the back and the face covered with packaging tape. Friends and relatives of Cañada reported him missing on Nov. 18

Shiote Cañada. From his Facebook

Nov. 21, 5AM. Arlene Buenafe, 31, housemaid, was shot dead while two of her three companions – including her employer who is an employee of Badian Municipal Assessor’s Office, were wounded, when the tricycle they were riding was attacked at Brgy. Basak, Badian.

Nov. 23, early afternoon. Joey Luis Wee, 51, lawyer, Cebu City. The victim was climbing the stairs leading to his office in Brgy. Kasambagan, Cebu City, when he was shot dead unidentified suspects. Update: on Dec. 8, the NBI arrested Fausto Edgar Peralta, a member of Philippine Army 1985-90, officer in charge of a security agency with branches in various parts of the country, in Laguna. Peralta is allegedly the triggerman. Together with five other suspects he reportedly flew to Cebu on November 13 to carry out the murder. Update January 20 2021: Peralta points to Ret. Army Lt. Col. Edwin F. Layese as the person who contracted Peralta and his group to murder Atty. Wee. Layese is in custody of the NBI.

Nov. 28, 2020. Grace Gabutan, 34, businesswoman, Gabutan Compound, Brgy. Guadalupe, Cebu City. The victim was parking her car in the garage when she was shot dead by unidentified triggerman. The victim’s sister was once the wife of a “drug lord” who is jailed in Cebu City. The son (from another relationship) of the “drug lord” was arrested in a drug bust in 2019.

Nov. 29 3AM. Dennis Young, 45, Tres de Abril, Brgy. San Nicolas Proper, Cebu City. The victim was beaten to death.

Nov. 30, 11AM. Engr. Ponciano Villamil, 63, barangay councilor, land developer and real estate broker, Brgy. Kinasang-an, Cebu City. The victim was shot dead by a lone gunman at So. Adelfa, Brgy. Kinasang-an.

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