Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Tabloid publisher in Catanduanes gunned down
By Jorge Hallare

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 20, (PNA)—-A publisher of a local tabloid in Catanduanes died while undergoing treatment at a hospital early Tuesday morning for a gunshot wound suffered after he was gunned down by a riding-in-tandem on Monday morning.

Sr. Insp. Ma.Luisa Calubaquib, spokesperson of Police Regional Office (PRO) in Bicol, said the publisher, identified as Larry Sy Que, was in front of his office building in Barangay San Isidro, Virac, Catanduanes when two gunmen on board a motorcycle shot him at close range around 10:30 a.m.

A witness, PO3 Ma. Teresa Reyes of the Virac Municipal Police Office (MPO), who was off duty and in civilian clothes, said she had talked with Que prior to the shooting.

She said Que had just finished a transaction at the Land Transportation Office, which was in front of his office, the Liberty Insurance Company, when the gunmen struck.

Reyes said the gunmen, who were wearing a bonnet, helmet and raincoat, shot Que in the head. She said the assailants escaped to an unknown direction.

Que was rushed to the Eastern Bicol Medical Center for treatment but he succumbed at 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday.

Calubaquib said Que suffered a gunshot wound on his head with the bullet piercing through his jaw.

Reports said Que ran for a mayoral post in Virac town during the May elections but lost. Two months ago, he also put up a local tabloid in Catanduanes.

The tabloid tackled the November 26 raid by a team of anti-narcotics lawmen of a clandestine shabu laboratory in Barangay Palta Small in Virac town that could process 9.6 tons of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) a month.

Catanduanes Provincial Board member Joseph Al Randie Wong strongly condemned the killing of Que during their regular session on Monday.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-Virac chapter held a lighting of candles at Freedom Park in Virac on Tuesday evening to condemn the killing of Que. (PNA) RMA/GVR/JH/CBD/EDS