DUMAGUETE CITY – The Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) has reported that of the 13 shooting incidents from June 1 up to June 24 this year in the province, two have been solved while another one was cleared.

NOPPO data showed that the two cases solved were those in Basay and in Tanjay City while the case that was cleared was in Canlaon City, Police Chief Master Sgt. Edilberto Euraoba III, NOPPO spokesperson, and public information officer said on Friday.

Euraoba said a solved case means it was filed in court and the suspect has been identified/arrested, while a cleared case is where the identified suspect remains at large but a case was filed in court.

Ten shooting incidents resulting in murder happened in this city with two cases, and one each in Basay, Bayawan City, Guihulngan City, Jimalalud, Sta. Catalina, Siaton, Tanjay, and Zamboanguita.

The other shooting incidents resulting in frustrated murder was reported each in Ayungon and Tanjay City; while a shooting incident resulting in physical injury occurred in Canlaon City.

The most prominent shooting incident in the period covered was that of Harrison Gonzales, barangay chair of Poblacion 1 Tinago in this capital city on the evening of June 16 while on night duty with his fellow village officials. He succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds after two of four suspects onboard separate motorcycles fired at him. 

Until today, police investigators are still digging deeper into the Gonzales case even as police chief, Lt. Col. Mark Sucalit, reassured that they are doing their best to get as much information from the ground.

He appealed to the people to help the police by providing valuable information that could lead to the identification of the perpetrators.

Sucalit, who recently completed his 14-day quarantine following his transfer of assignment here from Cebu, presented to Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and other city officials his plans and programs on Wednesday. (PNA)