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Worker shot over old grudge in Batangas

  • Written by Jojo C. Magsombol
  • Published in Provincial
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A construction worker was critically wounded after being shot by a man over a long-time resentment in Bgy. Sta. Maria, Sto. Tomas, Batangas, on Friday.

Police identified the victim as Elpidio Punzalan Iglesias, single, of Bgy. Sta. Maria, Sto. Tomas town.
The suspects, identified as Rico Peregrina, alias Bonjing, of Bgy. Darasa, Tanauan City, and one John Doe are still being hunted by police.
The incident was reported at 11:05 a.m. by a security guard of Daniel Mercado Medical Center to duty desk officer SPO1 Richard Rico of the Tanauan City Police Station.
Chief Insp. Marlon Caralipio Cabatana, deputy chief of police, case officer SPO1 Joel Micosa Banta and other police personnel responded to the scene.
Investigation disclosed that at about 10:30 a.m., the  victim, together with his sister Felicitas Iglesias were resting inside their house when the suspect entered the house and shot the victim several times in the body.
After the incident, the suspect fled on board a MIO motorcycle with unknown plate number, together with his cohort.
The victim was taken to the hospital.
Cabatana learned that the victim and the suspect had a long-time grudge.
A follow-up operation was undertaken by the Tanauan City police for possible arrest of the suspect.
Investigators found three slugs for unknown type of firearm at the crime scene.