This is not the way to start the new year with a bang.
A man sustained injuries on his thigh after getting shot by a purok (district) chairman in the village of Calinan in Davao City on New Year’s Day.
The suspect was identified as 70-year-old Agustin Alfeche, while the victim was identified as 49-year-old Joel Omboon, ABS-CBN News reported.
According to the investigation, Alfeche allegedly told Omboon not to hurt the latter’s former lover on Tuesday night.
Instead of taking heed, the victim allegedly threw a rock at the suspect, which prompted Alfeche to shoot Omboon.
Alfeche said that he merely shot the victim in self-defense.
“I only told him [not to hurt his former lover] because it’s not right to hurt a woman,” Alfeche was quoted saying in Cebuano by ABS-CBN News.
He, however, admitted that the firearm he used did not have a license, the report added.
Police are currently looking for the gun the suspect allegedly used which allegedly fell and went missing when he fled the crime scene.
Police also have a different theory about Alfeche’s motive.
Chief Insp. Arquiomedes Wesley, the station commander of the Calinan Police, told ABS-CBN News that this could be a love triangle situation.
He said in a mix of English and Filipino: “Joel (Omboon) had a former lover, Ms. Suzette. When Suzette went abroad, she broke up with him. Joel tried to get back together with Suzette, [but] then allegedly there was gossip that the district chairman (Alfeche) and Suzette were in a relationship.”
Alfeche will face charges of frustrated homicide.
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