Targeted shooting of drug suspects alarms biz group

BACOLOD City – The city’s business sector expressed alarm over the consecutive shooting incidents involving drug-tagged individuals here.  

“We are wary because this violence denotes disorder in a locality,” said Frank Carbon, chief executive officer of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI).

Carbon added that when there is disorder in an area, people would tend to limit their movement.

“When you limit your movement, therefore, nagalimit man ang imo pagbakal and this directly affect businesses here,” he claimed.

The latest gun attack in this city has claimed the life of Paul Masicampo of Barangay 2. He was shot dead on Monday, while his live-in partner Norma Tipon survived. Two unidentified gunmen wearing masks allegedly attacked them around 7:10 p.m. Masicampo reportedly had links to illegal drugs.

On Friday last week, Jail Officer 1 Jayvee Jason Vargas also died in an ambush when unidentified assailants opened fire at their vehicle in Barangay Pahanocoy shortly before midnight.

But according to the city top cop Colonel Henry Bias, these two cases were related to drugs.

“Those who are not involved in illegal activity have nothing to worry,” he stressed.

Biñas said the city has lower crime rate compared to other highly urbanized cities in the country or even in the region./PN 


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