DAGUPAN CITY — A 47-year-old real estate broker who survived an assassination attempt in 2015, and his professor-companion, were killed in an ambush here on Thursday evening.
Superintendent Jandale Sulit, chief of Dagupan City Police Station, said Johnny Baniqued, and his two companions were shot several times by unidentified gunmen at around 9:15 p.m. while they were about to board their vehicle, a Mitsubishi Montero with plate number NJ 4307.
“The shooting incident transpired in front of restaurant at Barangay Tapuac here. The three had just come out from the restaurant. The suspects fled on foot to unknown direction,” he said in an interview.
Sulit said Baniqued and Oscar Fernandez, a professor at University of Luzon, were declared dead-on-arrival by the attending physician at the Nazareth General Hospital where they were brought by personnel of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC).
The third victim, Peter Ramos, survived and is now being treated at a hospital here for four gunshot wounds in his back. All three victims were residents of Barangay IV, this city, according to Sulit.
He said personnel of the Scene of the Crime Operation (SOCO) from the police provincial command led by Superintendent Mary Ann Cayabyab recovered 16 pieces of fired cartridge of caliber .45 pistol, five deformed fired bullets, one live bullet for caliber .45, and two fragmented fired bullets.
He said they have yet to get a statement from the survivor. “Maaring makatulong sa aming imbestigasyon ang sasabihin niya (His statement might aid the investigation),” Sulit remarked.
He added there was a security guard on duty at the restaurant that time, but scampered to safety when he heard gunshots.
Investigators have yet to establish the motive behind the killing as they review the establishment’s closed circuit television footages.
Sulit said Baniqued’s wife requested for her family’s security.
Baniqued survived an ambush along Rivera Street at Barangay IV here in March 2015. He was talking with the owner of a “pigar-pigar” restaurant thereat when motorcycle-riding gunmen fired shots. Hit in the butt, Baniqued ran and hid under his car.
Sulit said the motive established in the 2015 incident was “business-related”. Liwayway Yparraguirre/PNA-northboundasia.com