Kawit police chief relieved after shooting rampage

A town police chief and his deputy were relieved from their post in the aftermath of a shooting rampage in a remote village in Kawit, Cavite Friday morning, that killed at least ten persons including the gunman and wounded scores of others.

Ordered relieved administratively and placed under investigation late Friday were Kawit chief of police, Chief Insp. Jowel Saliba and his deputy identified only as one Insp. Salazar.

Southern Tagalog Regional police commander, Chief Supt. James Melad ordered their relieved and investigation for possible police lapses during the shooting rampage in the said town that shook the nation.

The police regional commander also instructed investigators to look into on why the numbers of casualties in the shooting rampage perpetrated by at least two persons have ballooned.

The gunman in the said shooting rampage, Ronald Bae a former village councilor, was also shot dead by responding policemen who reportedly arrived some 90 minutes after the shooting started.

Bae’s alleged cohort and house caretaker, John Paul Lopez, who was seen reloading his gun at the height of his shooting rampage, was already in police custody and being investigated, the police official said.

Initial police investigation revealed that Bae and Lopez have been drinking and even using illegal drugs since Thursday night after the suspect arrived from Pampanga, where he has been living since losing in last village election.

Police identified some of the fatalities in Bae’s shooting rampage as Michaella Andrea Caimol, 6; Alberto Fernandez, 55; Gilbert Toledo; Al Orio; Irene Funelas; Rhea De Vera, who is pregnant and her three-year old son John Monica.

Wounded in the shooting rampage were Ken Cedric Caimol, 3; Michele Caimol, 2; Kevin Vallada, 5; Maricel Paja, 27; Emelinda Aquepel, 41; Ricky Dumip-ig, 17; Cheveri Ayson, 46; Antonio Drio, 15 and Baby Anolacion, 33.

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