Money changer killed, brother hurt in Baguio shooting incident

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BAGUIO CITY – A 65-year old money changer died while his brother was injured after they were fired upon by two still unidentified gun-wielding suspects during a robbery holdup incident at Purok 5, Bakakeng Norte, here, Wednesday afternoon.

Senior Superintendent George D. Daskeo, acting city director of the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO), identified the fatality as Mr. Larry Oliva Haya Sr. 65, married, businessman, and a resident at No. 003 Purok 5, Bakakeng Norte, Baguio City while he named his injured brother as Randolph Oliva Haya Sr., 67, married, and a resident at No. 04 Purok 5, Bakakeng Norte, Baguio City.

Initial police investigation showed the businessman was walking towards his house when he was appraoced by two still unidentified individuals and at gun point allegedly announced the heist.

At this juncture, the two suspects were able to grab the sling bag of the victim containing a huge amount of money in various currencies before he was shot on the face and chest.

His brother tried to come to his rescue after hearing the commotion but as soon as he came out of his house, he was fired upon by the suspects hitting him on his hips.

The suspects were able to flee on foot while the two shooting victims were brought to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) for medical treatment but the businessman was pronounced dead on arrival by attending physicians.

According to the victim’s wife, the sling bag was said to be containing 50,000.00 US dollar (P2,330,000.00); 10,000.00 Malaysian ringgit (P112,000.00); 1,150.00 Pounds (P76, 475.00); 1,900.00 Euros (P99,370.00);  and P320,000.00.

Daskeo ordered the conduct of a manhunt operation against the suspects for them to answer for the crime they committed.

By Dexter A. See

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