Ifugao BIR official found dead in office

LAGAWE, IFUGAO: A revenue district officer of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Lagawe Branch was found lifeless inside his office late Thursday afternoon.

According to the Lagawe Municipal Police, Fernando Bahatan of BIR Lagawe informed them that their revenue officer was discovered by another BIR employee to be unconscious inside his office.

The victim was identified as lawyer Arlan Lomasoc Davis, 45, married and a resident of Alapang, La Trinidad, Benguet.

When the responders arrived in the BIR office, Davis was pronounced dead by a medical doctor.

The incident has been coordinated with the Provincial Forensic Unit in Lamut, Ifugao for the conduct of a deeper investigation.

Probers are still ascertaining the victim’s cause of death. The local police have yet to issue their official findings and have not released the result of the autopsy.

Abra village treasurer killed in ambush

In Lagangilang, Abra, a village treasurer was killed while a tricycle driver was seriously injured after they were ambushed by unidentified gunmen in Barangay Tagudtud, Thursday afternoon.

The fatality was identified as Fidel Lalugan, treasurer of Barangay Lan-ag in Lacub, Abra. The injured tricycle driver was identified as Geraldick Millare, a resident of Zone 1 in Bangued, Abra.

According to the police, Lalugan was on board the tricycle driven by Millare and was traversing the Abra-Kalinga Road in Tagudtud when the gunmen appeared and shot them several times.

The two were rushed to the hospital, but Lalugan was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician. Millare is recuperating from gunshot wounds.

The police said the suspects fled on foot after shooting the victims.

2 gun ban violators

Meanwhile, two individuals were arrested in separate areas in Bangued, Abra for violating the Comelec gun ban.

Bangued Municipal Police reported that at 11:40 p.m. on January 12, Ariel Berame Bugtong Jr., 28, a resident of Barangay Sagap, Bangued, Abra was cornered after a short pursuit in Barangay Calaba.

The police stated that the law enforcers are conducting a checkpoint in the said barangay when they noticed that the suspect on a motorcycle tried to run away from them.

The police pursued the suspect who slipped on the road. When the police came to the aid of Bugtong, they noticed a gun tucked in his waist.

Upon checking, they discovered that he was in possession of a cal. 9mm, with a magazine loaded with eight bullets. He has no necessary documents to carry the said firearm.

At 3:45 p.m. on January 13, police arrested Mark Bigornia Castillo at a checkpoint in Barangay Bangbangar, Bangued when a gun was discovered inside his sling bag.

The 31-year-old Castillo, a resident of Barangay Bañacao in Bangued, was arrested after he could not show any documents for cal. 45 Armscor handgun loaded with six bullets found in his possession.

The police also discovered 43 live bullets for cal. 45 in a black pouch inside the sling bag.