TABUK CITY, Kalinga September 08 – A dental technician died while another individual remained unconscious and in critical condition after they were fired upon by a still unidentified assailant inside a restobar at barangay San Juan, here, early Thursday morning.
Police Lt. Col. Dinulong Tombali, chief of the Tabuk city Police Office, identified the fatality as Joegie Valera Cabicungan, 37, married, dental technician and resident of Purok 3, Barangay Bulanao, Tabuk City, Kalinga. The other victim who is also a dental technician was identified as Orland Dave Pascual alias Sadam, of legal age, single, male, Dental Technician, and presently residing at Sitio Baligatan, Purok 6, Bulanao, Tabuk City, Kalinga. Pascual was said to be I’m unconscious state as of the morning of September 8, 2022.
The shooting incident took place at around 12:45 AM of the said date.
Probers disclosed the victims were drinking inside the restobar. The unidentified suspect was also drinking at a nearby table inside the establishment.
The gunman suddenly stood up and went towards the table of Pascual and Cabicungan and shot them several times for still unknown reasons before immediately fleeing towards an undisclosed direction leaving the two individuals sprawled bloodied on the floor.
When the police arrived at the scene, the victims were already brought to the Kalinga Provincial Hospital.
Investigators are still conducting a manhunt operation against the suspect while pieces of evidence are being gathered to ascertain the gunman’s identity for him to face the murder and frustrated murder charges that will be filed against him.