Colangco family survives massacre attempt in Ozamis City

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Colangco family, believed relative of the high profile drug convict Peter Colangco in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), survived an attempted massacre in Ozamis City early Monday morning.

In a report reaching here Tuesday, Ozamis City Police Chief Daryl Aranton identified the victims as Joel Colangco, his wife Janice, and their year-old child Leandre.

Initial police investigation disclosed that four unidentified armed men barged into the house of the Colangco couple about 1:00 a.m. Monday and fired indiscriminately seriously wounding the couple and their 3-year-old daughter.

Aranton said that the house helper recounted that, once inside the house, the unidentified men indiscriminately fired at the locked room of the couple hitting the victims on the lower portion of their bodies.

He said that the investigators were still identifying the kind of firearms used through the three kinds of empty shells found in the house.

“The house helper could not provide hints of the identities of the armed men because it was totally dark,” Aranton said.

He said that the police investigators were discounting that the attempted massacre had anything to do with the high profile drug inmate Peter Colangco in the NBP.

Aranton said that Joel Colangco has a string of businesses in Ozamis City and that the shooting might have something to do with the attempted massacre.

“The investigators were trying to look into personal grudge and other possibilities that may have led to the shooting,” Aranton said.

He said that the couple and their child, who were undergoing treatment in a local hospital, were now in stable condition.