Ex-mayor killed; wife, grandson wounded in Guiwan gun attack PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 November 2013 13:06

The former mayor of Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay was killed, while his wife and grandson were wounded in a broad daylight gun attack near the intersection of Guiwan and Estrada St., Tetuan yesterday morning.

Killed was Arsenio Climaco. His wife Helen and grandson Shelimar Apidol, who was celebrating his birthday yesterday,  were wounded.

Climaco sustained a bullet wound in the left lower chin, while his wife was hit in the left part of her back. Shelimar was wounded in the head.

Police said that Climaco was declared dead while undergoing treatment at a hospital, while Helen and Apidol were in critical condition.

A police report disclosed that Climaco was driving a Pajero with Helen sitting beside him while Apidol and her two sisters Shyla Krissa and Shenalyn were at the backseat on their way home to Cabaluay when four men riding tandem on two motorcycles appeared from behind and one of the backriders shot them three times near the San Bernardino Bridge in Guiwan.

Climaco, his wife and their grandchildren came from a fastfood restaurant where they treated Shelimar on his 9th birthday.

Shyla Krissa and Shenalyn escaped unhurt in the attack.

The gunmen sped eastward after shooting their target.

Moments later, Sta. Catalina Kagawad and now candidate for barangay chairman Jimmy Villaflores passed by the crime scene and saw nobody was lifting a finger to assist the victims. He took the child and rushed him to the hospital aboard his private vehicle.

Climaco and his wife were taken to the hospital aboard an ambulance.

Police recovered spent shells of .45 caliber pistol at the crime scene.

Men of the Tetuan police station led by Chief Insp. Elmer Acuña mounted follow-up operations for the arrest of the perpetrators of the gun attack.

Investigators were still working on the case. —  Dan Toribio Jr.