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Spate of killings linked to Albay crime gang continues

  • Written by Sonny Sales
  • Published in Provincial
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LEGAZPI City -- The spate of killings being linked to the criminal activities of the dreaded “Gilbert Concepcion Crime Gang” continued this week with  an incumbent barangay kagawad of Bacolod, Libon, Albay, as the latest victim.

Police said the victim, Gregorio Shado Jr., was shot dead in Bgy. Manga, Oas town, on Thursday.

Police investigators said Shado was riding a motorcycle from Ligao City at 5 p.m. when the  armed men ambushed him in Bgy. Manga.

They said the victim was reportedly associated with the dreaded Concepcion gang, who earlier killed a man at a local cockpit arena and another in Bgy. Agustin, Libon town early this week.

At Bgy. Agustin, suspected gang members shot dead Benjie Lignis Garing, 53, a farmer, who sustained a gunshot wound in the left leg; and Eugene Naz Beriña, 35, of Marayag, Libon, where the gang is reportedly active.
   
On Dec. 3, Bonbon Kagawad Gilbert Segubiense Misambique, 46, was also shot dead by riding-in-tandem gunmen while the victim was tending to his sari-sari store.
   
Libon town MPS, Police Supt. Edgar Azotea earlier said, the spate of killings intensified after a police manhunt was launched for the capture of gang leader Gilbert Concepcion, alias, “Bet” a former military man, who heads a crime network of “guns-for-hire” and also involved in armed robberies.
   
Azotea also told reporters in Albay that the gang is eliminating their own people in their network who were suspected of giving information to authorities.
   
PNP Bicol director Chief Supt. Omar Melvin Buenafe had ordered a composite team of the PNP and the Army to hunt down Concepcion. A P3.5-million bounty has been raised by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) for the capture of the notorious gang leader and his group members.
   
Since 2013, about 28 persons were reported killed by the “hired guns”, including the slaying of Makati City Engineer Nelson Morales and a deputy chief of police in an Albay town.