Suspect in Compostela shooting arrested

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THE suspect in the killing of a tricycle driver in Compostela town in northern Cebu was arrested in a follow-up operation in Sitio Mabini, Barangay Poblacion, Liloan town on Tuesday at 3:50 p.m., August 2, 2022.

Rolando Castro Quimbo, 54, married, also a tricycle driver from Purok Gabi, Sitio Mahayahay, Barangay Catarman, Liloan, however, denied the accusation against him.

Lieutenant Andrew Rosales, chief of Compostela Police Station, said the son of the victim, Eduard Ramirez Oyao, positively identified Quimbo as the one who killed his father, Eduardo Castro Oyao, 56, in front of their house in Purok Dalubis, Sitio Aggies, Barangay Poblacion, Compostela earlier on the same day at 10:40 a.m.

Police Officer 1 Michael Otero, desk officer of Compostela Police Station, said the victim, who was sleeping at that time, was woken by Eduard and told to go outside and talk to Quimbo and his cohort, who inquired about an available boarding house for rent in the area.

Eduard said his father and Quimbo talked for a while and then shots erupted later.

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

According to the family of Eduardo, the incident might have something to do with the battle over land rights between the victim and the suspect, which has been left unsettled since 20 years ago.

Eduard said that his father and the suspect have a pending case over land dispute at the Mandaue City Regional Trial Court.

He said his father won over the case in 2018 but Quimbo made an appeal to review the court's decision in 2022.

Wilma, wife of the victim, revealed that Quimbo and Eduardo are related by blood.

She explained that Quimbo is the son of Serapio Oyao outside of marriage, while Eduardo's mother was the niece of Serapio.

In Serapio's last will, he stated that he would leave his property to Eduardo, who took care of him until his last breath.

However, Quimbo wanted to have equal share of the land.

The police recovered from the scene five spent shells of .45 pistol. (GPL, GDC, TPT)

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