Taguig shooting: Victims' families to each get P500,000 from Raffy Tulfo

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Senator Raffy Tulfo delivers a speech during a media press conference at the Philippine International Convention Center on May 18 2022. Sen. Tulfo is gifting P500,000 to each family of the three victims killed in a shooting incident in Taguig City. (Photo by Josefiel Rivera/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Senator Raffy Tulfo delivers a speech during a media press conference at the Philippine International Convention Center on May 18 2022. Sen. Tulfo is gifting P500,000 to each family of the three victims killed in a shooting incident in Taguig City. (Photo by Josefiel Rivera/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Senator Raffy Tulfo is gifting half a million pesos to each family of the three victims killed in a shooting incident in Taguig City.

According to Inquirer, Tulfo said the money was to help with the victims’ burial and other expenses. He also assured that justice would be done.

"Makakaasa po kayo na tututukan namin ang kasong ito para siguradong gugulong ang hustisya at magiging maayos ang takbo ng kaso sa korte. (You can expect that we will focus on this case to ensure that justice will prevail and the process will run smoothly in court.)"

He added, "I assure you that justice will be served".

The August 21 shooting took the lives of Marie Angelica Belina and her two companions, Tashane Joshua Branzuela, and Mark Ian Desquitado.

According to witnesses, they heard successive burst of gunfire at around 3 am at that time. They saw the victims with gunshot wounds slumped outside the transient house.

Belina and Desquitado died on the spot while Branzuela was declared dead on arrival at the Taguig-Pateros District Hospital.

Former Philippine Navy officer Julian "Jimboy" Paningbatan Jr., said to be the gunman, surrendered to Tulfo through his public affairs show "Wanted sa Radyo" on Thursday (September 1). He admitted to killing Belina, his ex-girlfriend, out of anger.

Belina was an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) from Calapan, Oriental Mindoro. Desquitado was a food delivery rider and a resident of Barangay Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City; and Tashane Joshua Branzuela was resident of the same Taguig village.

Taguig City Police said that Paningbatan has four standing arrest warrants for robbery and for three counts of car theft in the cities of Manila and Pasay. Police have serve the courts' warrants of arrest for the robbery and theft cases but the warrant for the shooting is still being processed.

The suspect is currently detained at the Taguig Custodial Facility.

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