By Malu Cadelina Manar
KIDAPAWAN CITY – Unidentified gunmen shot dead a couple while they were inside their house at Barangay Paco, here, past 1 a.m., Saturday, a police official said.
Kidapawan City police director Supt. Ramel Hojilla, identified the victims as Experidium Gundemaro, 50, and his live-in partner, Merlita Calungsod, both residents of Barangay Paco. Both, he said, were believed involved in series of robberies which took place in the city and nearby towns in North Cotabato.
Hojilla, citing initial reports from the investigation unit, said the armed suspects forcibly entered the victims’ house and upon seeing Gundemaro sleeping soundly in one room shot him twice on his head.
One of the bullets allegedly hit Calungsod when it passed through her room, which is just adjacent to Gundemaro’s.
Calungsod’s child, who was with her during the attack, was unhurt, reports said.
Hojilla hinted those behind the couple slay could have been victims of their robberies.
Police records showed that Gundemaro and Calungsod’s brother were notorious members of a robbery gang operating in Kidapawan City and nearby towns in North Cotabato.
Calungsod’s brother, however, was killed in a shooting incident, also in Barangay Paco, in 2017.
It is likely, police said, that Gundemaro’s live-in partner was also actively involved in robbery incidents.
After the killing in 2017 of Calungsod’s brother, Gundemaro was said to have left Kidapawan City.
“When Gundemaro’s presence at Barangay Paco was monitored days ago, maybe, the suspects were informed about it, and so the plan to kill their targets was hatched,” Hojilla said.
Police recovered from the crime scene spent bullets coming from caliber 45 pistol the gunmen used in “executing” their subjects.