Authorities continue their thorough investigation on the several series of indiscriminate firing in the city after a caliber .45 bullet was found inside a residential area in Kias, Baguio City.
The suspect in the indiscriminate firing has yet to be identified while the recovered slug will be transmitted at crime laboratory for ballistic examination. The Police Regional Office - Cordillera Administrative Region (PRO - COR) is also currently undergoing investigation of four other indiscriminate firing cases recorded in the region from December 24, 2016 to January 5, 2017. PROCOR public information officer Marcelo Polig reported a retired police officer in Rizal, Kalinga was arrested after allegedly firing his gun on December 24 in barangay San Quintin. On December 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Apolog, Ducnac, Lubuagan, Kalinga, an alleged indiscriminate firing transpired while the suspects remain at large. The firing incident, according to Polig may be related to a land dispute in the area. On December 28 at 11:05 a.m. a stray bullet was found at sitio Luyucan, barangay Nambaran, Tabuk City, also in Kalinga. The suspect, who is a member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was arrested while the woman who was hit by the bullet is currently undergoing medication in the Kalinga Provincial Hospital. Another suspect was arrested in sitio Sayangan, Paoay, Atok, Benguet for indiscriminate firing on December 30 at 2:45 p.m. From 2015 to 2016 of the same dates, PRO - COR has reported one case of indiscriminate firing compared this year. PRO-Cor also noted there were two cases of stray bullets recorded last year compared this year with two cases. In 2014 to 2015 of the same dates, the regional office recorded also two cases of indiscriminate firing and two stray bullet cases. Polig said cases will be filed against the suspects of illegal discharge of fire arms and other criminal charges based on their investigations. By Ian Jeffrey Addatu
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 08, 2017.