Ecija forest ranger dies a day after gun attack

October 28, 2019

SAN JOSE CITY – A day after he was shot by a still unidentified gunman, a 43-year-old forest ranger of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources died from three bullet wounds after undergoing emergency treatment at a private hospital in Cabanatuan city on Saturday night.

DENR provincial chief, Joselito Blanco said forest ranger Ronaldo Corpuz, of Zone 6, Bgy. Villa Joson here, assigned at the DENR-CENRO Muñoz Science City office, finally succumbed from three gunshot wounds in the chest at the Premiere General Hospital on Oct. 26.

His death came a day after he was shot by an unidentified motorcycle-riding gunman while closing the gates of their house here at 7:35 p.m. Friday.

Blanco theorized that his killing was work-related. “May mga kuwento na related sa job niya ang pagkabaril sa kaniya,” he told this reporter, using his FB messenger yesterday.

Blanco and CENRO-Muñoz head Florencio J. Lalu visited the wake of their fallen subordinate on Sunday night here. DENR regional executive director Engr. Paquito T. Moreno Jr. is also planning to visit his wake to sympathize with his bereaved family, he said.

Prior to his death, the PENRO official said Corpuz was allegedly instrumental in the apprehension of a truckload of illegally-sawn timber, consisting of 472 board feet of Gmelina wood specie, loaded in a mini-Elf truck with plate number XFS-834 in Bgy. Portal, Rizal.

In that operation which was conducted on October 22 or three days before the shooting, Blanco, quoting a report sent by Lalu to the DENR regional office, said that three men aboard said truck were apprehended and slapped with violation of Section P.D. 705 before the provincial prosecutor’s office in Cabanatuan City.

They were identified as Jayson Padiernos, Rodolfo Quimado, and Eugene Cayabyab, who are already out on bail after undergoing inquest proceedings at the prosecutor’s office, said Blanco.