A 72-year old resident of Baras has been charged with attempted murder for shooting a fellow abaca stripper last March 19.
According to the report sent to the office of Catanduanes PNP provincial director Senior Superintendent Eduardo Chavez, the victim, Gary Valenzuela, 24, was stripping abaca on his own land at 2 P.M. of said day when Manuel Guerrero Taniegra approached and said he would just rest in the former’s shack (tugod).
Then, without any apparent reason, the suspect shot Valenzuela using a firearm of unknown caliber, with the bullet hitting the victim’s left ear. Gary immediately ran away to seek help from his uncle, who brought him to the Baras Rural Health Unit. Responding policemen arrested Taniegra.
Meanwhile, two men were injured in separate hacking incidents in two towns last week.
In Sapang Palay, San Andres, Antonio Facundo, 46, a welder, engaged in a heated argument over the ownership of land last March 20 at 3 P.M. with suspect Teddy Soneja, 31, who was already armed with a small bolo. The suspect ran after Facundo and hacked him on the forehead.
In Hawan Grande, Virac, barangay chairman Cesar Angeles reported to the police that one Roberto Gonzales was walking home at 11 P.M. of March 17 when Jerry Tapia, who was engaged in a drinking spree at a nearby house, hacked him on the stomach and knee using a bolo.
In Bato, a Honda Dream motorcycle owned by Gloria Taule and driven by his son Anthony, 21, of Sibacungan, was lost while parked at the St. John the Baptist church at barangay Libod last March 17 at 6:30 A.M.. The San Miguel police led by Senior Insp. James Ronatay later found it in possession of a 17-year old boy, who was later turned over to the Bato MSWDO.