2 killed, 7 hurt in QC brawl

Two persons including a policeman responding to a shooting incident were killed while four other policemen and three students were injured during a commotion between two groups in Quezon City on Sunday night.

The victims identified as Patrolman John Christian Magtoto assigned at the Novaliches Police Station and Paul Vincent Genovania Calaycay, 24, of Bgy. Kaligayahan, Novaliches were declared dead upon arrival at the Bernardino Hospital due to multiple gunshot wounds in the body.

Four fellow policemen of Pat. Magtoto all assigned at the said police station and identified as PCPl Rickmar Cristobal and Ruel Astronomo, Pat. Jojie Gallardo and Pat. Roldan Lanceta sustained injuries.

Three other persons identified as Angel Ibanez, 20, David Cahucom, 19, and Roselyn Ledesma, 23, all students were also injured during the incident.

Two of their alleged attackers were identified as Antonino Salvador and Reynaldo Sarmiento, both residents of St. Dominic Subdivision, Bgy. Kaligayahan, Novaliches.

Sarmiento was arrested while Salvador and several others remain at large.

A report gathered from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit of the QCPD showed that the incident happened at around 11 p.m. Victims Ibanez and Cahucom were walking along Salvia St. Saint Dominic Subdivision, Bgy. Kaligayahan, Novaliches when they were reportedly bullied by the group of suspect Salvador.

Not yet contented, Salvador punched Ibanez and Cahucom using the butt of his handgun.

A commotion later ensued between the two groups.

Pat Magtoto and his fellow police officers responded to the melee.

The lawmen tried to pacify the two warring groups but Sarmiento reportedly uttered: “Walang pulis pulis sa amin, porket my baril kayo, matapang kayo!”

The suspects reportedly turned their ire on the responding police officers and attacked them.

Responding BPSOs said they saw Salvador beating Pat. Magtoto causing him to fall on the ground. Not even contented, Salvador then pulled out his handgun and shot the policeman several times.

Salvador fired shots again before fleeing, hitting Genovania.

A follow up investigation is being conductef against the suspects.