Police to file charges vs ‘ambushed’ broadcaster

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—Charges of attempted murder and illegal possession of firearm will be filed Tuesday by the Bukidnon Provincial Police Office (BPPO) against the radio broadcaster who was reportedly ambushed in Valencia City Friday night.

Sr. Supt. Nerio Bermudo, chief of the Bukidnon Provincial Police Office (BPPO) said that broadcaster Randy T. Makiputin, 39, of Radyo Abante of Maramag town llied to Dr. Carlo Toga and other personnel of the Sanitarium Hospital when he was treated for the wounds he sustained Friday night.

Toga said Makiputin sustained a wound on his head, but not from a bullet but from a heavy object.

Makiputin claimed he was hit by a bullet on his head when he was ambushed.

BPPO investigators found out that Makiputin lied to place the blame on Rene Saligumba.

Makiputin was said to be on his way home on board a motorcycle Friday night when he accidentally rammed another motorcycle driven by Saligumba.

After the accident, Makiputin apparently drew his sidearm and shot Saligumba. Fortunately for Saligumba, the broadcaster was not a marksman.

“Saligumba was shot once by Makiputin, not the other way around,” Bermudo said.

Bermudo also denied Makiputin’s version that he was ambushed allegedly by unidentified armed men.

It was reported early Saturday morning that Makiputin was ambushed by unidentified persons around 7:00 PM in Purok 6, Poblacion, this city. Albus D. Estabas

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