Cops hunt Bigcas after alleged slay try

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 21 2012 04:59 PM | Updated as of Feb 22 2012 08:40 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Davao police are on the hunt for alleged luxury vehicle smuggler Lynard Allan Bigcas following a shooting incident on Sunday.

Police said footage from a closed circuit television (CCTV) camera shows Bigcas firing a gun at Atty. Miguel Palma Gil at Mabini corner Torres Streets in Davao City.

In the video, Palma Gil is seen approaching the pick-up truck driven by Bigcas.

Bigcas is then seen going to the back of the truck and returning with a gun and attaching what appears to be a silencer.

Bigcas' female companion, later identified by police as a certain Atty. Aimee Salisi Torrefranca, tried to stop him to no avail.

Bigcas is then seen pointing his gun but the person on the other end is not visible on camera.

Bigcas appeared to calm down and raised his gun but pointed it back after a few moments.

Gil Palma, a son of former Davao Oriental Governor Elena Palma Gil, was rushed to a hospital where he is currently recovering from a gunshot wound in his shoulder.

He also had a gun which was confiscated by police.

Police suspect that Gil Palma, Bigcas and Torrefranca are involved in a love triangle.

Torrefranca is reportedly Bigcas’ legal counsel.

Bigcas may face charges of frustrated homicide, police said.

"Of course they will be filing a case against Bigcas pero sila na mag-file dahil may mga abogado naman sila," said Chief Inspector Angel Sumagaysay, deputy station commander of San Pedro police.

Bigcas was arrested in August 2011 in Cagayan de Oro in connection with the charge of illegal possession of firearms. The suspect was also alleged to have bought high-powered firearms from the United States.

The suspect is also facing a charge of smuggling luxury vehicles into the country, after more than 20 cars were seized from his residences in Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro.

One of the vehicles is a Martin Brothers motorcycle owned by Hollywood screenwriter Skip Woods. -- Reports from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Davao; ANC; The Philippine Star