By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) believes there may have been three or more gunmen involved in last Friday’s ambush on Bacolod City Councilor Ricardo Tan and his wife Anita at Purok 12A in the city’s Barangay Alangilan.
BCPO director, Police Senior Superintendent Francisco Ebreo, said the city councilor and his wife were on their way home when they were waylaid by the still-unidentified suspects.
Ebreo said the gunmen immediately boarded a small white wagon following the incident and sped off towards an undetermined direction.
The BCPO director added, Tan and his wife sustained minor wounds, all of which were attributed to broken glass caused by the bullets striking the vehicle’s windshield.
A total 24 empty shells from a 5.56 caliber firearms and seven empty .45 caliber shells were recovered from the crime scene.
Following the incident, the city councilor and his wife decided to stay at the Riverside Medical Center and were later visited by Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, and lone district Congressman Greg Gasataya.
In a radio interview over the weekend, Familiaran said Tan refused to give full details of the incident, except for what he and his wife did to escape.
Tan revealed they ducked inside their vehicle when the gunmen started firing.
The city councilor also did not make any statement as to a possible motive behind the ambush.
Tan is due to make an official public statement once the police complete their investigation./DGB, WDJ