Fri. May 20th, 2022

Police in Cagayan de Oro City on Friday set up a special investigation task group (SITG) on Friday to look into the killing of a congressman’s son and his business caretaker in Barangay Pagatpat here.

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Lt. Col. Michelle Olaivar, Police Regional Office (PRO)10 (Northern Mindanao) spokesperson, said in a radio interview the SITG has begun looking into information and pieces of evidence related to the deaths of Roland Sherwin Uy, 45, a councilor of Barangay Carmen; and Samuel Pabalan, 70, the caretaker of the Uy family’s sand and gravel business.

Uy was the son of Cagayan de Oro 1st District Rep. Rolando Uy, who is running for a mayoral seat; and brother of Vice Mayor Rainier Joaquin Uy, who is also seeking to replace his father in the congressional seat.

The two were shot by an armed assassin at 1 p.m. Thursday at a quarry site in Sitio Perico, Barangay Pagatpat near the Iponan River.

The gunman, together with an accomplice, reportedly sped off aboard a motorcycle after the incident.

“As what our regional director, Brig. Gen. Rolando Anduyan, ordered, the investigation should have ‘no stones left unturned,’” Olaivar said.

Olaivar said the SITG will be chaired by Col. Aaron Mandia, the city police director, and will be supervised by Col. Benedicto Pintor, Northern Mindanao police’s deputy director for operations,

Initial findings

A preliminary police investigation revealed that Uy’s killer posed as a sand and gravel buyer.

Rubie Alayuay, the businessman’s driver, said he was inside the comfort room at the quarry site’s office when he heard a man asking Uy for the price of a sand truckload delivery.

Alayuay said he overheard Uy, who was sitting on a folding chair just outside the office, telling the man a truckload costs PHP13,000 with free delivery.

“After that, shots were fired. I was so afraid, so I stayed put,” he added.

Alayuay said he then heard the sound of a motorcycle speeding away from the site after the incident.

“I did not get to see the gunman’s face but I heard that he and (Kagawad Uy) were talking before the shooting,” he told reporters in the vernacular.

Scene of the crime operatives recovered eight fired cartridge cases and four deformed bullets. Investigators have yet to determine the type of firearm used in the shooting.

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