Hotel employee shot dead by former workmate

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A 29-YEAR-OLD engineer who worked at a hotel in South Road Properties was shot dead in his rented room in Sitio Sampaguita, Barangay Tejero, Cebu City around 7 p.m. Monday, August 15, 2022.

The victim, identified as Jomel Paradero Resco, 29, a native of Barangay Cansaganay, Daram town, Western Samar, was eating in his room when the suspect and former workmate, Aldrich Sebellita Mansanades, 35, from Sitio Apple, Barangay Cogon Pardo, Cebu City, came in and shot him.

The victim succumbed to gunshot wounds in the head and body.

Mansanades fled after the incident and is now being hunted by police.

Police Staff Sergeant Epifanio Comendedo of Waterfront Police Station-3 described the incident as work-related.

"Niadtong Mayo, niuli ni sa ila aron mobotar. Pag-balik nganhi, wala na ang suspek sa iyang gitrabahoan, pero atong sutaon kon unsa gyud ni ilang away kay wala naman nireport sa iyang trabaho. Kining suspek safety officer ni siya," Comendedo said.

(Last May, the victim went to his hometown to vote and when he came back, the suspect was already gone, that's why we are going to check if the suspect's failure to go back to work had something to do with their conflict. The suspect worked as a safety officer.)

The suspect allegedly filed a complaint at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for the release of P10,000 that he was going to receive from the company, while the victim assisted him.

"Didto sa DOLE, nagka estoryahay man daw sila (ang victim ug ang suspect), ingon ning iyang kauban nga nagpuyo sa ilang giabangan," Comendedo added.

(The victim and the suspect were talking with each other at the DOLE, according to the victim's boardmate).

Comendedo said that Mansanades visited the victim in his boarding house on Sunday, August 14, to ask the latter about the status of his complaint.

Resco told Mansanades that his monetary claim would take long before being released as this would still have to undergo several processes.

On Monday evening, August 15, the suspect came back and shot the victim who was taking dinner inside his room.

The victim's two boardmates, who were out then to buy food, saw the suspect leaving the area on their way back to the boarding house. (BBT, TPT)