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3 injured in indiscriminate firing

  • Written by Jeffrey Tiangco, Edd Reyes, Alfred Dalizon and Zaida delos Reyes-Palanca
  • Published in Metro
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FIVE men, including a policeman, an active and a retired member of the Armed Forces of the
Philippines, were arrested for firing their guns at the height of New Year celebration injuring three
persons including two children in separate incidents yesterday in Metro Manila.

National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Oscar D. Albayalde identified the
victims as Joven Earl Gaces, 10 and Princess Denise Cruz, 10, and residents of Block 3 Sawata, Brgy.
35, Caloocan City, and Jolly Moreno, of Barangay New Lower Bicutan, Taguig City.
    
Southern Police District director Chief Supt. Tomas Apolinario identified the suspects as PO3
Alexander Roy Rafer, assigned at the Police Community Precinct 6 in Las Pinas City, Federico Alcala,
54, a company driver, of Makati City; retired Philippine Army Staff Sgt Jamael Mindalano, and
Corporal Richard John Quijano, a member of Philippine Army  Light Reaction Regiment-Special
Operations Command assigned with the Presidential Security Group (PSG).
    
Apolinario said police recovered from Rafer a 9mm caliber pistol; a .45 caliber pistol gun
from Alcala, while two .45 caliber pistol guns, a 9mm pistol gun, a .38 revolver and assorted bullets
were recovered from Mindalano and Quijano.
    
Rafer was arrested in Las Piñas City; Alcala in Makati. Mindalano and Quijano were arrested
in Taguig at around 11 p.m. for firing their guns at the height of at the height of their drinking
session injuring Moreno, Mindalano’s neighbor.
    
Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Jemar Modequillo said Gaces was hit by a stray bullet in
the shoulder that penetrated through his abdomen and underwent surgical operation at the Jose Reyes
Memorial and Medical Hospital (JRMMH) while Cruz was confined at Tondo General Hospital for treatment
of bullet wound in the body.
    
Modequillo said Gil Calupaz, 27, also a resident of Block 2 Sawata, was drinking with his
friends at the corner of Block 2 and Block 3, Sawata Road, when Isagani Ancheta, 38, of Block 11
Barangay 35 in Sawata, Maypajo, Caloocan City, arrived at around 12:10 a.m. and confronted Calupaz
for bullying him.
    
A heated argument led to a fist fight until Calupaz strangled Ancheta. When Ancheta was able
to free himself, he immediately drew his gun and opened fire at Calupaz who sustained bullet wounds
in the body. Stray bullets also hit Gaces and Cruz who were playing outside their home.
    
Witnesses said Calupaz is a known toughie in the area facing several criminal cases and
always bullied Ancheta.
    
Albayalde said the law enforcers in indiscriminate firing must be held liable for their
actions.
    
“They must be liable to the law and to the victim. They must face the consequences and
corresponding sanctions,” Albayalde said as he assured the public that the suspects will be
thoroughly and speedily investigated.
    
Mindalano and Quijano are now facing charges for indiscriminate firing, alarm and scandal,
physical injury and violation of Republic Act10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition
Regulations Act of 2013.