Cop appeals to ‘Barrio Ambot’ residents: Help us catch killer

By: Pegeen Maisie M. Sararaña - Multimedia Reporter - CDN Digital | June 21,2021 - 07:56 PM
"Barrio Ambot" killing. A policeman who described Sitio Bliss, Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City as "Barrio Ambot" is appealing to the sitio's residents to cooperate in their investigation. | Contributed photo

A lone gunman kills Abner Sumadia, 44, in Sitio Bliss, Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City this morning, June 21. | Contributed photo

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A police investigator is calling on residents of Sitio Bliss, in Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City, whom he described as “Barrio Ambot”, to help them identify the gunman, who killed a 44-year-old man in the sitio this morning, June 21.

A frustrated Police Executive Master Sergeant Jeffrey Larrobis of the Mambaling Police Station, the investigator on the case, said that they had called this Sitio Bliss as “Barrio Ambot” (“Barrio I don’t know”) because of the uncooperative residents in the area.

“Kanang lugara gud, “Barrio Ambot” mana diha. Dili mu cooperate ba. Siguro mahadlok sad kay sa akoang pagduda, taga diha ra ra ang suspect. Pero dili gyud sila mu cooperate, di muhatag og eksatong description,” Larrobis said.

(That area is “Barrio Ambot.” They [residents] would not cooperate. Perhaps, they are afraid because I suspect that the shooter is from that area. But they would not cooperate and give an exact description of the perpetrator.)

Despite, the non-cooperation of the Sitio Bliss residents, Larrobis said that they were looking into personal grudge as the possible motive in the killing of 44-year-old Abner Sumadia at past 10 a.m. today.

Larrobis described the victim as an ordinary resident in the area, who slept at the sitio’s chapel after he separated with his wife.

He said that they were focusing on the personal grudge as the motive of the killing because they had no leads yet on the victim’s death.

“Murag iya jod ning kontra, naa siguro ni nakalalis,” he said.

(I believe the shooter is his enemy. Perhaps, he had argued with somebody else.)

With no leads yet on the killing, Larrobis said that they were also investigating if the shooter was the same person, who killed a woman in Barangay Mambaling last June 17.

He said from what he gathered from description of the shooter from a few witnesses, the shooter had physical similarities with the woman’s killer.

“Among ilink ato kay pareha-pareha raman gyud og description ato (gunman),” he added.

(We will link the shooter to that killing because the shooter had similar physical description.)

A witness described the shooter as 5’6” in height and was wearing a black jacket with a hood and was wearing a pair of shorts.

Investigation showed that Sumadia of Sitio Wangyu, Alaska Mambaling, Cebu City, was leaving a sari-sari store in Sitio Bliss after buying cigarettes when he was shot dead.

Larrobis said that Sumadia must have noticed somebody behind him because he looked back when he was shot.

Sumadia was hit on the left cheek instead of the back of the head, which still cost him his life.

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