Friday, June 19, 2020

‘CAFGU member’ shot dead

From Panay News (Jun 19, 2020): ‘CAFGU member’ shot dead (By Ruby Silubrico)

ILOILO City – A purported member of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) was riddled with bullets outside his house by two motorcycle-riding gunmen in Barangay Tagbak, Jaro district yesterday.

The 63-year-old Herbert Catacutan succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds at the nearby Metro Iloilo Hospital and Medical Center.

He was sweeping dirt outside his house when attacked, according to Police Major Renante Jomocan, Jaro police chief.

Witnesses told the police the two men were riding in tandem on a yellow motorcycle. The backrider who had the gun was wearing a helmet and a pair of shorts.

Jomocan said Catacutan had no derogatory police record.

“Target talaga ang biktima. Bago ang pagbaril may nakakita na ng motorcycle sa area. Several times pabalik-balik, parang nagsu-surveillance,” said Jomocan.

His family claimed Catacutan was a CAFGU member but Jomocan said the victim was not listed.

The CAFGU is an irregular auxiliary force of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. It is tasked to prevent the re-infiltration of insurgents into communities that have already been cleared of their influence by combat operations conducted by regular units of the Armed Forces.

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