4 of 5 family members killed in a‘massacre’ in Oriental Mindoro
POSTED: Thursday, April 10th, 2014
CALAPAN CITY – A family of five was “massacred” last Sunday morning by a still unknown armed suspects in a remote village in Bongabong, a southern municipality in Oriental Mindoro, the Philippine National Police provincial office here has reported March 30 afternoon.
Killed during the Sunday shooting incident, which happened at about 8: 15 AM of March 30, was identified as Hector Barrientos Saulong, a 50-year old farmer; his son Rick Rick Saulong, 25, a laborer; his teen-age daughter Stephanie Saulong, and another son, Bon-Bon Saulong.
Josephine Saulong, the wife of Hector, survived the attack but was severely wounded and was immediately brought by responding policemen to Roxas Sistrict Hospital.
Sr. Supt. Ronaldo De Jesus, the Oriental Mindoro provincial PNP director, declined as of press time the name of the suspects, who are now being pursued by police operatives of the Bongabong municipal police station.
However, the PNP official stated, in his initial report to MIMAROPA Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Dennis Peña, that the motive of the shooting can be traced to personal grudges of the suspect, or suspects, to the Saulong family.
The bodies of the victims are now being autopsied by elements of PNP scene-of-the-crime-operatives (SOCO) together with further investigation on the crime scene.
This is the first reported big crime since Peña, the newly-installed Region 4B police director, assumed office at Camp Efigenio C. Navarro in Calapan City, the regional police headquarters. Peña just replaced Chief Supt. Melitio Mabilin, who is now assigned at Camp Crame, the national PNP office.( By JUANCHO R. MAHUSAY)