Drinking spree turns into killing spree

BAGUIO CITY — Police reported that an individual killed three persons and injured another before committing suicide in Purok 2 Barangay Sipa, Sta. Marcela in Apayao province.

Reports from the Sta. Marcela Police identified the fatalities as Bong Badua Ramirez, Ryan Santi Soriano and Edmar Turilla Aguinaldo, while the injured was identified as Stephen Jones Baysa Salvatiera.

Initial investigations revealed that the suspect — identified as Norvie Pacheco Romerro — was in a drinking session at the residence of one of their friends. Without apparent reason, the suspect suddenly brought out a firearm from his sling bag and shot his drinking mates.

The gunman successively hit the heads of Ramirez, Soriano and Aguinaldo while Salvatiera was hit on the shoulder.

After gunning down his victims, the suspect committed suicide by shooting his head, killing him instantly.

The suspect’s father, Norberto, appeared at the crime scene and took the firearm and left the crime scene. He was arrested later after a hot pursuit operation conducted by Sta Marcela Police and Apayao Police Provincial Office. Recovered from him was the firearm described as Glock 17, Gen4 with defaced Serial Number. The older Romerro will be facing criminal charge for obstruction of justice.

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