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LUCENA City — Barely five months before the 2013 elections, shooting incidents in Quezon province continue to rise despite the police maximized effort to prevent it.
Based on data gathered from Quezon Police Provincial Office (QPPO) through its Public Information Office daily investigation journal, 28 cases of shooting incidents have transpired in 12 municipalities and one city from Nov. 1 to Dec. 7.
The incidents resulted in the death of 25 persons and the serious injuries of 10 others.
It was learned that nine of the suspects in the 28 incidents have been identified by the police and cases have been filed before the Prosecutors Office against them while three were arrested and are now behind bars.
QPPO data showed that Tiaong town had two incidents with one dead and one wounded, San Narciso (one incident — one dead), Guinayangan (two — two dead), San Antonio (one — one dead), Infanta (one — one dead), Sariaya (five — four dead and one wounded), Mulanay (one — three dead and four wounded), Candelaria (eight — five dead and four wounded), (one — one dead), Calauag (one — one dead), Lopez (two — two dead), San Francisco (one — one dead), and Lucena City (two — two dead).
Most of the incidents were perpetrated by riding-in-tandem suspects.
The most sensational among the shooting incidents was the killing of three road workers of the Department of Public Works and Highways and wounding of four others by a former police “asset” last Dec. 1.
With the joint effort of Mulanay police force, Police Provincial Intelligence operatives and Lucena Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), the lone suspect was arrested unharmed after 37 hours.
Observers from business sector expressed fear that the forthcoming elections could be more bloody with the shooting rampage already happening in the province.
“Limang buwan pa bago mag Mayo ay puro patayan na sa Quezon, lalo na siguro sa panahon ng kam-panyahan at sa mismong araw ng election,” said a businessman who requested anonymity.
But Quezon police director Senior Supt. Valeriano de Leon said the police are not sleeping on these cases and that they are doing their job to prevent and resolve crime incidents.
In separate radio interviews, De Leon maintained that they are doing their best to make Quezon a better province than it was before.
“Your policemen are doing the best they could to maintain peace and order in every town and city of the province,” he said over DzAT radio station.
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