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By Francis Allan L. Angelo

POLICE investigators are probing several groups of assassins relative to the ambush of a couple and their child in Jaro, Iloilo City Thursday.

The Jaro police headed by C/Insp. Orly Gabinete are eyeing four guns-for-hire groups who might have been hired to ambush George and Ronielyn Gulanes and their 14-year-old child.

Investigators said the mastermind of the ambush may have hired remnants of the Culafo Group based in Dingle, Iloilo.

The Culafo group has been tagged in robbery cases in the province. Two gang members – Jessie Labordo and Noel Leal, both of Brgy. Po-ong, Lambunao, Iloilo – were arrested by operatives of Iloilo Provincial Police Office’s (IPPO’s) Special Operations Group and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.

The Jaro police are also investigating guns-for-hire from the towns of Janiuay and Lambunao in Iloilo.

The police are also expecting to get more information from Roniely Gulanes who is still recuperating from her gunshot wounds.

George died after two gunmen peppered him with caliber .45 bullets. Their 14-year-old child was unscathed.

The couple’s lending business is being eyed as one of the motives in the incident. Ronielyn had received a text message warning them that someone paid P40,000 for their death.

The couple were about to bring their child to school when the gunmen shot them outside San Paulo Subdivision in Brgy. Sambag, Jaro around 7am Thursday last week.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

FOUR kids drowned to death in Calatrava, Negros Occidental after their mother threw them into a river the other day.

Reports reaching Police Regional Office (PRO-6) identified the victims as the Bahinag siblings:  Floramae Jean, 12; Joselenio, 6; Veronica, 5; and John, 9 months old of Sitio Manganese, Brgy. Cambayaba, Calatrava.

The Calatrava police reported that the incident happened 8am Thursday after the victims’s mother, Florencia Bahinag, 35, told her husband Herminiano that she will bring the children to the river.

After two hours, Florencia went back home and told Herminiano that she drowned their children in the river.

The husband rushed to the river to save the victims but he was too late.

The suspect said she first threw their 9-month-old child into the river. She later ordered the other kids to jump in the water.

Florencia allegedly is suffering from post-partum syndrome after giving birth to their youngest child. She is now detained at the Calatrava police station and is facing parricide charges.

Florencia said she killed her children because they cannot raise them anymore.

Herminiano has yet to decide if he will pursue the case against his wife as he is preparing for the wake of their dead kids.

Husband killed, wife in critical condition, kid traumatized

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

COUPLE George and Ronelyn Gulanes of Brgy. Sambag, Iloilo City was supposed to bring their child to St. Joseph’s School in Mandurriao district around 6am Thursday (September 3).

Unknown to the couple, two unidentified assassins were waiting for them outside their house.

As the couple’s Isuzu Fuego pickup (with registration plate FED-564) was rolling out of San Paulo subdivision gate, three gunshots rang, the bullets puncturing the pickup’s windshield.

George tried to drive away from the gunmen but he bumped into a taxi parked near the crime scene.

The husband went out of the pickup truck and tried to flee but one of the suspects gave chase and peppered him with bullets.

George died at the Western Visayas Medical Center in Mandurriao district. Ronelyn, who was wounded in her face, is fighting for her life at Iloilo Mission Hospital in Jaro as of presstime.

The Gulanes couple’s child was unscathed but was traumatized by the incident, police investigators said. The minor was turned over to relatives with supervision of social workers.

The suspects, who wore masks and helmets, fled towards Pavia town onboard a motorcycle. They remain at-large.

SPO2 Rey Delos Santos, Jaro PNP investigator, they recovered around 7 empty shells of caliber .45 bullets and one live ammunition of the same gun caliber.

Delos Santos said the suspects may have been monitoring the victims’ routine, especially when bringing their child to school.

“The couple was ambushed. The suspects patterned their movements and waited for the right timing to hit the victims. The main target is the husband because he suffered the most fatal wounds,” the investigator said.

Delos Santos said they are looking at the couple’s money lending business as motive in the shooting incident.

Information received by the police said the couple sought police security due to threats and presence of suspicious looking persons spotted near their house since last year.

Police investigators said a text message in Ronelyn’s cellphone warned her that an unidentified person paid P40,000 to assassins to kill her and her husband.

The couple is also involved in several court cases relative to their lending business.

Investigators are also considering the angle of robbery in the incident although the suspects did not take away any of the victims’ valuables.

By Francis Allan L. Angelo

CAR thieves have carted away more than P1 million worth of valuables as of August 2009, according to the Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO).

From February to August 29, 2009, a total of 31 Bukas Kotse cases were recorded in Iloilo City.

Mandurriao district accounted for the most number of incidents with 15 cases. For the month of August, a total of 8 car thieveries happened in the district.

Jaro district recorded 6 incidents, LaPaz (4), Molo (3), Iloilo City proper (2) and Arevalo (1).

The car thieves loot amounted to P1-million worth of laptop computers and P577,000 worth of cellphones and other items such as bags and a caliber .45 pistol owned by a gun club member.

The ICPO had given the Mandurriao PNP 15 days to crack down the car thieves.

S/Supt Melvin Moncal, ICPO director, said he set the same deadline on the intelligence section to gather information on the Bukas Kotse gang and neutralize them.

Moncal said two of four Bukas Kotse gangs have been neutralized while two are still active.

The police urged business establishments to use closed circuit TV cameras as precautionary measure against car thieves and other criminals.

A CCTV camera of JD and Emilion restaurants along Gen. Luna Street caught how the Bukas Kotse gang operates.

Moncal said the information from the video will help them profile and neutralize car thieves.

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