ITOGON, Benguet – A 22-year old man was hurt after he was mauled and struck with a wood by a still unidentified suspect during a commotion in a store at sitio Kelly, barangay Gumatdang here recently.
Senior Superintendent Florante Camuyot, officer-in-charge of the Benguet Provincial Police Office, identified the victim as Lorenzo Jallorina Celemente, 22, single, a resident of Tuding, Itogon, Benguet while the suspect remains unidentified and at large.
Initial police investigation showed the victim, together with four companions, went to a store in the area to have a drinking spree when seven still unidentified male suspects also arrived in the area to have their own drinking session.
After a few moments, one of the victim’s companions had a misunderstanding with one of the suspects that eventually escalated into a commotion.
At this juncture, one of the suspects grabbed a piece of wood and hit the victim several times on the different parts of his body before they fled towards an undisclosed direction.
The victim was rushed by concerned citizens to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) for medical treatment of the injuries he sustained while the suspects are now the subject of a manhunt operation.
By Dexter A. See