Police have admitted that the lack of witnesses has prevented them from identifying and prosecuting suspects in the spate of shooting incidents in Dumaguete City.
Five shooting incidents have since been recorded since June, which resulted in the death of four victims.
The latest victim, Michael Mana-ay, survived an attempt on his life Friday last week.
Mana-ay was shot as he was driving home. He was about 100 meters from his home in Kamagong St. in barangay Daro, when a gunman riding a motorcycle, shot at the car.
Mana-ay sustained minor injuries but managed to drive his car inside their compound.
Mana-ay is a son of former Bindoy Mayor Jeceju Mana-ay, and a son-in-law of incumbent Jimalalud Mayor Reynaldo Tuanda.
Yolanda Teves Mana-ay, mother of the victim, told reporters outside her son’s residence that the shooter was a policeman.
Former Mayor Mana-ay also told reporters that they know the identity of the gunman, as revealed to them by their son.
The younger Mana-ay refused to leave their compound despite assurances of police security. He instead waited for the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to arrive and escort him to the nearby hospital.
Meanwhile, Dumaguete Police Chief Lt. Col. Mark Gifter Sucalit told the members of the City Council that the shooting of Mana-ay is believed to be drug-related.
He told the City Council Wednesday that Mana-ay had been arrested in the past for drug offenses. He refused to elaborate.
Dumaguete City Vice Mayor Alan Gel Cordova said the names of the five shooting victims in Dumaguete since June would be added to the list in front of the City Council session hall.
“While the statistics may not be that shocking, it still scares us. We understand the latest incident was even a home invasion, which sends shock waves to all of us in the community,” he said.
Cordova said that the shooting incidents in the city are worrisome because a community could not survive without any reasonable sense of peace and order.
“I don’t know what we can do to help our people and community. I understand most of these incidents are drug-related. But we have the law, and the law should apply. On a personal level, I get cynical. The Peace and Order problem is much bigger than all of us,” Cordova lamented.
This story appears courtesy of Dumaguete MetroPost.