BACOLOD CITY, March 12 (PNA) — The Philippine National Police(PNP)is still investigating the alleged involvement of two army reservists in a shootout that left two private security guards dead and five others injured in Talisay City, Negros Occidental on Monday.
The army reservists identified as Marvin Esparas and Joar Sayod of the 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) will be subject for paraffin tests, according to Supt. Thomas Joseph Martir, chief of Talisay City Police Station.
Martir said they are now consolidating the testimonies of the injured victims to determine who started the firefight in Hacienda Handumanan, Barangay Concepcion, Talisay City.
Initial investigation showed that the shootout was triggered by land dispute involving the families with surnames Sayson, Medel against Judith Herrera.
Police recovered in the crime scene three 12-gauge shotguns, an M16 rifle,.22 caliber rifle, homemade shotgun and assorted empty shells.
The fatalities in the shootout were identified as Francis Lumangyao and Frederico Mandate while those wounded were Cpl. Renene Escalona, army reservist Carlo Oñate, and Hacienda’s security guard Rodulfo Acup.
Escalona, Oñate and Acup were brought to Dr. Pablo O’Torre Medical Hospital here for treatment while injured civilians Honorato Talimudao and son Marshal were confined at Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital.
As to the identities of the army reservists involved, Lt. Col. Nelson Trojilio confirmed in a radio interview that they belonged to 1st Platoon Alpha Company of Negros Occidental Army Reservists.
Trojilio said they have been stationed at the area since 2011 with the permit from the “rightful” landowner, whom he refused to name, and barangay officials concerned. The official disclosed that the site was considered as their “training camp.” (PNA)