Pastor gunned down in Sipalay City

Published February 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Glazyl Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – A pastor, who was suspected to be a military informant, was killed by four unidentified armed men at Sitio Pinus-an, Barangay Camindangan, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental on Tuesday.

(Sipalay City Police Station / MANILA BULLETIN)
(Sipalay City Police Station / MANILA BULLETIN)

Slain was Lonie Lahaolahao, 54, of the said village.

Initial investigation showed that Lahaolahao and his wife were on board his tricycle and were on their way home when they were waylaid by the assailants.

The gunmen shot the victim several times which caused his immediate death. His wife was left unharmed.

Police recovered from the scene an empty shell of .45 caliber pistol.

Lt. Col. Necerato Sabando Jr., city police chief, said the victim’s house was previously attacked by 10 armed men in December 2018.

The armed men were looking for firearms, but when they failed to recover anything, they just left, he added.

Police are still investigating if that earlier incident had anything to do with the killing.