Fri. Jul 30th, 2021

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A manhunt has been launched to arrest a carpenter who killed his policewoman-niece and injured another in a west coast village here.

Capt. Edwin Duco, Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) information officer, said subject of the manhunt is Felixberto Esperat, 60.

Duco identified the fatality as Senior Master Sgt. Marjorie Ebol Mauricio, 45, of the Police Station 10.

Wounded was another of the suspect’s niece, Sweet Grace Santos, 43, who was hospitalized.

Duco said the investigation showed that prior to the incident, Mauricio and Esperat were arguing as the victim tried to calm down her uncle, who was drunk at the time.

Instead of calming down, police said Esperat suddenly pulled out a bolo and hacked Mauricio on the arm and neck and turned to Santos, who was also hit on the arm.

Mauricio was rushed to the Labuan public hospital but was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.

Police said Esperat fled and remains at large as of posting time.

Grenade explosion kills 2 boys in Dipolog City

Meanwhile, in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte, two children aged five and eight died in a grenade explosion in this city Thursday.

Lt. Col. Charisse Yabo, spokesperson of Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Office (ZNPPO), said the two boys were playing in a room at the house of Nonamar Pasculado in Barangay Sicayab when the explosion occurred around 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Yabo said responding police and City Disaster Risk Reduction Office (CDRRMO) found the lifeless bodies of the two boys riddled with splinter wounds.

“Investigation is still going on, we cordoned off the area while K9 dogs of the police’s Explosives and Ordnance Division were sent to join in the investigation,” Yabo said.

One of the police investigating the case said that the presence of a rifle grenade in the hands of civilians in the city is alarming.

He did not elaborate why alarming but hinted that there could be more loose firearms and explosives in the city not known to authorities. (iam/

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