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PIA Press Release
2007/09/28

Unidentified men ambush civilians aboard multicab in Samar

by Jun Arceno

Catbalogan City (September 28) -- A group of men aboard a multicab were ambushed at the municipality of Motiong on September 26, 10:00 o'clock in the evening.

They were reportedly ambushed by men who were armed with high powered weapons as revealed by the empty shells which were recovered in the crime scene.

The victims were reported to have just come from the military camp of the 46IB battalion based in a nearby area in the Municipality of Motiong and were on their way home to Barangay Karanas when the ambush took place.

Before the incident, it was alleged that a certain Ernesto General, Barangay Councilor in the said Barangay, was shot to death at 5:00 o'clock in the afternoon of the same day.

Initial reports stated that the victims of the said ambush were killed on the spot. They were identified as Bedasto Dacatimban, 32 years old and barangay captain of Karanas; Benito Dacutanan, 16, a student of Calapi National High School; and Simplicio Ebit, 54.

The other victims were brought to the Samar Provincial Hospital based in Catbalogan City. Reported to be in critical condition are Jonathan Dacutanan, 21 years old SK Chairman and a student at the Samar State University ; Wilson Garin and Noel Cabel.

It was also reported that two of the victims are missing, per the statement of the son of Dacatimban.

The motive for the ambush has not yet been declared by the Philippine National Police who are investigating the case. (PIA Catbalogan) [top]

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