A MEMBER of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) and his son were shot dead by unknown men, believed to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA), in Quezon on Wednesday night, the military said on Thursday.
Maj. Gen. Rhoderick Parayno, commander of the Philippine Army’s 2nd Infantry Division, said that the fatalities were identified as Manolito Alcantara, 48, and Randy Alcantara, 29.
Parayno added that the older Alcantara was unarmed when the shooting took place at Sitio Hacienda, Barangay Inabuan, San Francisco.
In a separate police report, the two victims were having dinner at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, when suspected communist rebels, armed with long and short firearms, entered the house and shot them.
The older Alcantara died on the spot while his son was rushed to the San Francisco Municipal Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
According to the report, police authorities recovered 12 pieces of empty shells of a Caliber 5.56, four pieces of empty shells of a Caliber 9mm, one piece of ammunition of Caliber 5.56 and two slugs.
Police said the recovered evidence from the crime scene would be brought to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Provincial Crime Laboratory for ballistic examinations.
Pursuit operations against the suspects are being conducted by members of the Philippine Army’s 85th Infantry Battalion and a double murder case is being prepared against the suspects to be filed before the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor.
Parayno said the older Alcantara was assigned to the Patrol Base Nanadiego, Mulanay and insisted that NPA members were the main suspects in the shooting. DEMPSEY REYES