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Murcia man knifed dead

A man was killed and another was injured in stabbing incidents in Murcia and Sagay City, Negros Occidental Monday.

Police reports said Dionito Carvajal, 47, Canlandog, Murcia was pronounced dead on arrival at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital Monday, from multiple stab wounds allegedly inflicted by his drinking comrade, identified only as Ronnie. Carvajal sustained three stab wounds on his left side allegedly inflicted by the suspect during their altercation, police reports said.

The reports added that the two were under the influence of intoxicating liquor at the time.

Meanwhile, Jose Gagap was also rushed to CLMMRH with stab wounds on his right side that hit his lungs, inflicted allegedly by Jaime Canoy, also of Sagay City.

Police reports said a commotion was taking place in Purok Mag-alasin, in Sagay when Canoy allegedly stabbed Gagap at about 12 a.m.*CBM

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Farmer faces
double murder raps

The police yesterday filed two counts of murder charges against a farmer suspected in the brutal killing of a couple in Brgy. Atipulohan, Bago City, Negros Occidental on Feb. 27.

Supt. Alex Belonio yesterday identified the suspect charged before the Bago City Prosecutor's Office as Dennis Buga-ay, alias Totong. Belonio said Buga-ay, a farmer, was nowhere to be found in Brgy. Atipulohan, the day after the couple was murdered.

Police investigations show that Buga-ay is the neighbor of the victims identified as Antonio Jalandoni and his wife, Daisy, both in their mid 50s.

Belonio said Buga-ay owes the couple P4,700 in cash.

The cane cutter, hammer and a "tuwang-tuwangan (bamboo balancing piece)" with bloodstains were recovered by the Bago police from the water melon farm of Buga-ay, about 200 meters away from a rice farm of Fe Pedroso, where Jalandoni served as the caretaker.

The bodies of Jalandoni, 56, and his wife, Daisy, 53, with their throats slashed, were found in the backyard, and in their house on Feb. 27.

Police investigations also revealed that Antonio was hit with a "tuwang-tuwangan" before he was hacked in the neck with a cane cutter.

Belonio said the incident was reportedly triggered by a heated altercation between the victim and the suspect who failed to pay his debts.

After killing Jalandoni, the suspect shifted his attention to Mrs. Jalandoni who was also hit with a hammer in the forehead, and slashed her throat with the cane cutter, Belonio said

The couple was buried Wednesday last week at the public cemetery in Bago City.*GPB

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In-depth probe ordered
on killing of 2 civilians

Negros Occidental police director Rosendo Franco yesterday said he wants an in-depth investigation into the recent killing of two civilians, one a dismissed militiaman, in Brgy. Minapasok, Calatrava, because of the conflicting versions on the incident.

Franco said Army soldiers and militiamen who figured in an alleged shootout with victims ex-CAFGU member Norberto Gallego and his nephew, Crisanto Gallego Tayuba, have already been summoned by the police to get their sides. Ex-CAFGU member Anthony Casipong who was hit by a stray bullet, claimed that soldiers, accompanied by paramilitary troopers, fired at Gallego and his nephew, upon their arrival at the barangay public market without any provocation.

On the other hand, soldiers claimed Gallego fired first and and that they recovered a Squire Bingham .38 caliber revolver with three empty shells and three live ammunition from his possession, which led to the shoot-out.

Romeo Baldevarona, provincial head of the Commission on Human Rights, yesterday also said they will investigate the conflicting versions. Brig. Gen. Gregorio Fajardo, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, assured an impartial investigation of the killing of two civilians, by leaving the probe to the police.

The Task Group North headed by Lt. Col. Felicisimo Budiongan was also instructed to look into the claims of Casipong and to determine if a violation of the Rules of Engagement was committed by the government troopers.*GPB

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