ILOILO CITY, Dec. 5 (PNA)– The Passi City police has launched a manhunt against a group of armed men who tried to rob a warehouse of Pepsi Cola Bottling Company in this city and killed its two security guards Saturday night.
Supt. Noel Dumalag, Passi City police chief, said the armed robbers, brandishing handguns and 12-gauge shotguns, swooped down on the bottling compound along Simeon Street, Passi City at about 8 p.m. last Saturday by cutting the barbed wire at the back of the warehouse.
An exchange of gunfire ensued after security guard Augustos Montefreo, who was detailed at the guardhouse, spotted the group's entry.
Unfortunately Montefreo was felled by bullets from the intruders, Dumalag said.
After gunning down Montefreo, the armed suspects proceeded to the warehouse office where they also gunned down the flat-footed guard Roy Padernal and wounded Charlie Salvania who were viewing television program at that moment.
The suspects went on and ransacked the office of cash but hastily left empty handed after they failed to open the safety vault containing the money.
Meanwhile, the responding policemen rushed Montefreo and Padernal to the nearby Don Valerio Palmares Memorial Hospital where the attending physicians pronounced them dead on arrival.
The 30-year-old Montefreo of Barangay Nabitasan, Leganes, Iloilo sustained fatal gunshot wound on his breast while Padernal of Barangay Bitaugan, Passi City succumbed to a bullet wound on his back.
On the other hand, the 17-year-old Salvania from Barangay San Jose, San Miguel, Iloilo is presently confined at the Western Visayas Medical Center in Mandurriao, Iloilo City for further treatment from the bullet wound he sustained during the incident.
Dumanlag said the suspects sped away aboard two motorcycles towards the direction of the adjoining towns of San Enrique and San Rafael.(PNA)