By Nora Soriño
Iligan City Bureau Chief,
and Ric Palahang
Iligan City — A geodetic engineer and two companions were shot at Tuesday at around 2:00 pm while they busy hanging a tarpaulin at a hinterland barangay here.
PO2 Gerard Andro Seares of Police Station 3 at Dalipuga, this city identified the victim as Engr. Joseph Silva Pontivera, 32, a resident of Gerona, Tambo, this city. The tarp which he was hanging along with two others, at Tablon, Digkilaan this city read: “No trespassing.” The land they were hanging a tarpaulin on with the notice was said to be a private land.
Pontivera was hit with four gunshot wounds to the different parts of his body while the two companions identified as Ryan Bulay-og and Jumar Salcedo scampered for safety when they heard the shots were unharmed. The two asked for help.
Pontivera was rushed to a private hospital in the city but was declared dead on arrival. The police are still tight-lipped on the incident as they said they are still making further investigations on the matter.
It was learned that no trace of the suspects could be had as it was easy to get lost in a grassy area with houses far from each other.