ILOCOS SUR – A 19-year-old second year college student of the University of Northern Philippines was shot dead in Barangay Bonifacio, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur on Monday night.
Ian Marco Quinto was playing basketball with some friends in their barangay plaza when the suspect, identified as Efmar Soto, suddenly shot him with a 12-gauge shotgun.
“Naglalaro kami, tapos bigla na lang sinabi ng suspek na ‘nakuha ka na Ian’ hindi naman namen namalayan na nandoon siya kasi naglalaro kami,” said one of the victim’s companions.
The victim was immediately brought to the hospital but died while undergoing treatment.
“Nakita kasi ng suspek na naglalaro ang biktima kaya bumalik ito sa kanilang bahay at kinuha ang baril,” said Cabugao, Ilocos Sur Chief-of-Police, Senior Inspector Ramil Llarenas.
Authorities arrested Soto and recovered the firearm used. He declined to comment.
An old grudge is believed to be the motive behind the killing.
“Sometime in June or July parehong na-involved ang dalawa sa isang away. Sinasabing nasuntok noon ng biktima ang suspek,” Llarenas added.
The victim’s father is deeply saddened by the incident. He said he will seek justice for his son.
“Tinatanong ko sa sarili ko kung bakit ganito ang kapalaran ng mga anak ko. Yung bunso ko, nalunod. Ito naman natitirang anak ko nabaril. Ano man ang mangyari magsasampa ako ng kaso para maibigay ko ang hustisya sa aking anak,” Angelito Quinto said.