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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, January 16, 2012
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Gunmen kill 2, injure one

A branch manager of a lending firm, and an employee of a contracting company were killed in Victorias and Bacolod cities in Negros Occidental, and a woman was injured by a stray bullet, Saturday and Friday.

Police Supt. Alexander Munoz said a lone gunman on a motorcycle shot and killed Warren Jamora, 35, who was on board a passenger tricycle in Brgy. 13, Victorias City, Saturday.

A stray bullet hit another passenger identified as Susan Dianela,51, in the right arm. She is now being treated at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City.

Munoz, the Victorias City police chief, said Jamora, who succumbed to two gunshot wounds, was declared dead on arrival at the Ika-ayong Lawas Foundation Hospital.

Initial investigations of the Victorias police showed that the suspect followed the tricycle where Jamora, an employee of a firm contracting business with the Victorias Milling Co., and Dianela were riding.

When it stopped, the gunman opened fire at Jamora.

Two spent shells of a .45 caliber pistol were recovered from the crime scene.

In Bacolod City, Josie Genovea, branch manager of the La Carlota based- ZFA Lending Corp., also succumbed to at least three gunshot wounds and died, when she was shot and killed by one of three suspects, who robbed her of cash and ATM cards at Purok RC Uno in Brgy. Pahanocoy, Friday.

Supt. Santiago Rapiz, chief of the Bacolod police Special Operations Group, said Genovea resisted, when her bag was snatched by one of the three suspects, as she was alighting from a vehicle.

Rapiz said the killing of Genovea, may have something to do with her job at the lending firm, as she had been followed, and the suspects had the intention to kill her.

The victim was divested of her bag containing 9 ATM cards believed to be owned by clients of the lending firm, a small amount of cash, aside from personal belongings.

Two empty shells and two deformed slugs of a .45 caliber pistol were recovered by the police.

Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, Bacolod police director, assigned Chief Inspector Danilo Francisco, BCPO Station 8 chief, to work on the killing of Genovea.* GPB

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