Ex-police asset, businesswoman die in Talisay City ambush
Two were killed in an early morning ambush in Lawaan, Talisay City, Thursday morning.
Fritz Cobong, a former asset of the Guadalupe police and a driver of 59-year-old businesswoman Lorna Lapinid died after two motorcycle riders fired shots at the sedan they rode in.
The other passenger, Ma. Luisa Lapinid was injured and brought to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center. It was Cobong’s first day as a family driver for the two sisters-in-law whose family owns a rice farm in Ormoc city.
Chief Insp. Germano Mallari, head of the Talisay City police told reporters that the three were on board a tainted Nissan Sentra (XKB-439) after offering prayers in Lipata Church in San Roque Talisay.
They were headed to the Cave of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Cebu City when they were ambushed.
Mallari said Cobong was driving along Jeffi Gas Station, corner Camella Homes, when he slowed down to let a pedestrian cross the street.
The two unidentified men wore black jackets and full-face helmet when they stopped at the driver’s side and fired several shots.
Cobong succumbed to gunshot wounds on his chest and arm while Lorna who sat next to the driver sustained wounds on her left arm.
They were rushed to Talisay District Hospital but Cobong failed to make it. Lorna lasted for 10 minutes before she died. Maria Luisa, who was seated at the back, sustained a wound on the left side of her stomach.
She was initially brought to Talisay District Hospital but was later transferred to a hospital in Cebu City.
Police are now looking into the motive of the ambush. Investigation showed that Maria Luisa is married to a retired police officer and has a rice farm in Ormoc, Leyte.
Mallari said they are also looking into the driver’s background as being a former police asset. Cobong also drives a taxi but had a day off.
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