The bullet used by the gunman in the murder of a businessman Monday night in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, was of a government type that cannot be obtained easily by civilians.
Supt. Alet Virtucio, deputy provincial police director for administration, said the spent shell recovered at the scene where Aries Christopher Alvarez was gunned down, bore the marking “RPA”.
He said “RPA” stands for “Republic of the Philippines Arsenal”, a head-stamp code imprinted on small arms ammunition manufactured by the Government Arsenal of the Philippines.
Such ammunition are issued to the police, the military and other government law enforcement agencies and cannot be bought at gun stores, Virtucio said.
Alvarez, 40, of Talay, Dumaguete City, was shot at about 8:50 p.m. Monday at Sta. Catalina Street, Dumaguete, across the restaurant he owned. The police said he had just boarded his red Suzuki sedan when the gunman came up and shot him pointblank.
Virtucio said police are investigating a possible conflict in the business of the victim as the possible motive for his murder.
He said the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office, National Bureau of Investigation, and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group are assisting the Dumaguete City Police in investigating the case.*JFP
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