Farmer shoots farmer dead

SAN ANTONIO, Nueva Ecija -- A 47-year-old farmer was shot dead by a fellow farmer in what police said was another killing possibly triggered by land dispute in this town last Thursday.

Town police head, Major Arnel Santiago identified the slain farmer as June Fernando, of Bgy. Cama Juan and the suspect as Venus Lising, 41, of Bgy. Panabingan, both of this town.

Investigation showed the shooting occurred in Bgy. Panabingan at 8 a.m.

Santiago said the victim went to his farm in said barangay when he met the suspect, who confronted him before shooting him several times in different parts of the body with his cal.9mm pistol.

After the murderous assault, he said the suspect fled on foot then rode on a rotavator before transferring to a motorcycle going to the San Antonio-Zaragosa road.

Santiago said the victim was immediately brought to the hospital where he was declared dead-on-arrival by the attending physician.

Recovered from the crime scene were two fired cartridge cases for cal. 9mm pistol and a deformed slug.

Santiago said they are looking at land dispute as possible motive for the killing.

Fernando’s murder occurred two days after Ricardo Perez, 59, of Bgy. San Mariano was gunned down by a lone suspect here last Tuesday.

Santiago said the killing of Perez, a contractual employee of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources office in Cabanatuan City was also possibly triggered by land dispute.