Policemen shoot dead suspected gun-for-hire

ILOILO City – A suspect in the assassination of a former mayor of Pulupandan, Negros Occidental in 2010 was shot to death by policemen in Barangay Tambunac, Dingle, Iloilo yesterday.

Rammy Enojo, suspected member of a gun-for-hire group and No. 6 most wanted person in Iloilo province, died of multiple gunshot wounds.

At Enojo’s house around 5:30 a.m. policemen attempted to serve an arrest warrant for a 2012 murder case but the suspect put up a fight, according to Police Major Jonathan Pinuela of the Iloilo Police Provincial Office.

Enojo tried to shoot policemen using a .38 revolver, said Pinuela.

“His gun malfunctioned but we also saw his other hand holding a grenade. We shot him before he could throw the grenade at us,” said Pinuela.

Policemen recovered the .38 revolver and hand grenade. They also found a 12-gauge shotgun under a pillow at the suspect’s house.

“We have been tailing him for days. He was too slippery. He often left his house early morning,” said Pinuela.

The police believed Enojo was a member of the Magno-Matillano gun-for-hire group operating in Iloilo province.

Enojo was charged with murder for the death of former mayor Luis Mondia Jr. of Pulupandan.

Mondia, running for mayor again in the May 2010 elections after a hiatus, was shot multiple times after hearing a late afternoon Ash Wednesday Mass at the Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral in Jaro, Iloilo City on Feb. 17, 2010.  He died while being treated at the Iloilo Mission Hospital.

Witnesses told the police the gunman and a companion fled on a motorcycle./PN


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