AN IMAM or Islamic worship leader was gunned down by two unidentified assailants in Barangay Pajac, Lapu-Lapu City on Tuesday night, May 18, 2021.
Police identified him as Cairoding Ampaso Palman, 43, a resident of Sitio St. Michael in Barangay Pajac.
Police Col. Arnel Banzon, director of the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO), said they are looking into several angles, including if Palman may have recently been in a conflict with someone he knew.
Banzon told reporters that at 8:10 p.m. of May 14, 2021, Palman was driving his tricycle that was carrying an liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tank when two men approached and shot him several times.
Banzon said that when their investigators came to respond to the crime scene, Palman’s body was no longer there as it was immediately removed by his fellow Muslims.
Police, however, recovered four empty shells from an undetermined caliber pistol at the crime scene.
Banzon said Palman had no known criminal record and was known for being cooperative whenever the police would gather his fellow Muslims to discuss about peace and order.
“We are trying to find if there are houses near the crime scene where a CCTV camera was installed or if there are witnesses who saw the incident personnally.
Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard Chan has ordered the police to solve Palman’s murder soon.
Chan said he received reports that Palman may have been murdered due to a reported business rivalry with another entrepreneur, information that he wants the police to verify. (GCM / JKV)