Farmer survives shooting attack in Daanbantayan; victim shot in head, stomach

Gunman still unidentified, but police focusing on person of interest

By: Niña Mae C. Oliverio - Multimedia Reporter - CDN Digital | August 28,2023 - 03:26 PM

Farmer survives shooting attack in Daanbantayan; victim shot in head, stomach. In photo is a map of Daanbantayan town.

Daanbantayan town is located at the northernmost tip of Cebu island.

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A 56-year-old farmer survived a shooting attack on August 26 by an unidentified gunman in Daanbantayan town in northern Cebu.

The farmer was sleeping on a bench outside his house in Lib-og 1, Barangay Lanao of the town, at past 8 p.m. when he was shot.

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Farmer recuperating at hospital

Police Captain Jan Christian Bautista of Daanbantayan Police Station, in a report, identified the victim as Nelson Tahanlangit.

Police Senior Master Sergeant Alfredo Mandal, the case’s investigator of the Daanbantayan Police Station, told CDN Digital in a phone interview on Monday, August 28, that Tahanlangit was wounded in the stomach and head and was recuperating at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.

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What gun was used in crime?

Mandal also said that they had yet to find out what type of firearm was used in the crime.

“Wala pa nato ma identify kay wala tay nakuha nga empty cartridge. Ang nakuha nato slug lang pero di pa ta ka identify sa slug kung diin ni siya gikan nga caliber. Ato ning ipa-examine pa sa crime laboratory,” he said.

(We cannot identify yet (the gun used) because we did not retrieve an empty cartridge (at the crime scene). What we retrieved was just a slug, but we cannot identify from where this what caliber of gun this came from. We had yet to have it examined in the crime laboratory.)

He said that there was a “possibility” that a revolver was used.

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Farmer shot in head, stomach

The victim suffered a gunshot in his stomach and on the head, in the temple area.

“Pero ang kaning sa ulo, mao nang wa ni siya namatay kay dili gyud siya [grabe] murag tapsing lang ba. Wa gyud siya ma fatal. Pero delikado gihapon iyang kahimtang tungod kay naa man gud sa ulo,” Mandal said.

(But the one in the head, this is why he survived is not a serious wound it was more like a graze wound. He was not fatally shot. But his condition is still quite serious because this is still a head wound.)

After the shooting, the victim was rushed to Daanbantayan District Hospital by the responding rescue personnel, but he was later transported to Vicente Sotto Memorial Hospital for further treatment.

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 POI, ongoing investigation

Mandal also said that they already had a person of interest (POI) that could be the person involved in the shooting.

The police officer, however, begged off from disclosing more details because this might jeopardize their ongoing investigation.

“Sa pagkakaron, nangita [pa] gyud ta’g ebidensya nga maka-link gyud ta diri (person of interest),” he said.

(For now, we are looking for more evidence to link this person to the crime.)

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Waiting to talk to farmer

While a followup operation and investigation are being conducted, Mandal said that they were also waiting for the approval of the attending physician to interview the victim.

“Dili mi basta-basta maka [interview] labi na’g dunay advice sa doktor nga dili usa ipatandog. Maghulat lang gyud ta kung kanus-a siya ma-istorya,” he said.

(We cannot just interview the victim especially with the doctor advising that he (the victim) should not be disturbed for now. We will just wait until we can talk to him.)

Daanbantayan is a first-class municipality of Cebu province, located 128 kilometers north of Cebu City.


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