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4 La Union massacre suspects fall

  • Written by Alfred Dalizon
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FOUR suspects in a gun attack in Agoo, La Union, that left four persons, including a 3-year-old girl, dead have been arrested by agents of the Philippine National Police, a report to PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo A. Espina said yesterday.
   
Eduardo Gayo and his sons Noel, Demetrio and Ferdinand, all residents of Barangay Capas in Agoo town, are now facing multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder charges, said Police Regional Office 1 director Chief Superintendent Roman Felix.
   
“The immediate arrest of the suspects was the result of our whole of PNP approach,” Felix told Espina, who ordered him to file air-tight cases against the captured suspects.
 
First to be arrested was Ferdinand followed by the three others who were caught in Sitio Cariapay in Bgy. Dulong Bayan in San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan at 4:40 a.m. yesterday.
    
Members of the La Union Police Provincial Office headed by Senior Supt. Ramon Rafael and the Bulacan Police Provincial Office under Senior Supt. Ferdinand Divina arrested the suspects. The suspects were taken to the San Jose del Monte City Police Station for documentation pending their transport to Agoo by officers headed by Supt. Ed Danguecan, said Felix.
    
The suspects were accused of shooting to death Gilbert Cecilio, 41; Gil Cabilitazan, 58; Reynaldo Refuerzo, 30; and Mary Anne Refuerzo, 3, past 7 p.m. last Tuesday.
    
Rafael said the attack also wounded Gilmar Cabilitazan, Rodel Refuerzo, Zosimo Fontanillo and Benjie Tabunia.
    
The official said that the suspects ran wild after the burial of their grandmother in Bgy. Capas. He said the victims and the suspects were drinking in separate tables when Demetrio suddenly approached the table of the victims and challenged them to a fight.
 
He and his sons later shot the victims. Rafael said they are looking into a land dispute between the Gayo and Refuerzo families as the main motive behind the gun attack.