3 DPWH workers killed, 4 hurt in Quezon shooting

A+
A
A-

LUCENA CITY, Philippines – Three workers of the Department of Public Works and Highways in Quezon were killed and four others injured in a shooting in the town of Mulanay Friday night that officials said was perpetrated by a drunken former police taekwondo trainer who resented the bright lights of the workers’ vehicle that shone on him while he and his friends were drinking on a roadside.

Chief Inspector Romulo Albacea, Mulanay police chief, identified the fatalities as Ronald Monterey, Jason Rodelas, and Celso Red. Those injured were identified as Zaldy Prado, Leovino de Galicia, Abraham Almero and Menardo Abella.

Albacea said the shooting happened in Barangay (village) Butanyog at around 10:30 p.m.

“Nakursunadahan lang,” Albacea told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a telephone  interview  Saturday morning while he and his men were trying to track  down the killer, who was identified as Rommel Samadan Rocete, 45-50 years old.

Senior Superintendent Valeriano de Leon, who issued an all points bulletin for the arrest of Rocete, said the man was a former taekwondo instructor at the PNP’s regional training school at Camp Nakar inb Lucena.

An initial police field report to the Quezon provincial police headquarters at Camp Nakar said the victims were traveling in a DPWH vehicle when they stopped at the village of Butanyog for some cigarettes. While some of the victims were buying cigarettes and the others were urinating on the roadside, a man armed with a .45-caliber gun confronted the workers about their vehicle’s bright lights and began firing.

The three fatalities died on the spot, said the report. Police said 14 shells were recovered from the scene.

The gunman escaped on foot in the direction of the nearby town of Catanauan.

The bodies of the fatalities were taken to the St. Clare funeral home in Mulanay while the injured were taken to the Bondoc Peninsula District Hospital in Catanauan for emergency treatement before being transferred to the Quezon Medical Center here.

The seven victims were working on a road repair project in the area and were returning to their home base in the village of Pakiing when they stopped by the store, Mulanay Mayor Tito Ojeda told the Inquirer in a telephone interview Saturday.

Albacea said the gunman was drinking liquor with two companions at the roadside near the store when the DPWH vehicle arrived. The man was irked by the vehicle’s bright headlights, he added.

Almero, one of those injured, said they apologized to the man but he shot them nonetheless.

Ojeda, who stood at a sponsor at Rocete’s wedding, described him as “a person with a disturbed mind.”

He said five years ago, Rocete tried to kill his own parents in an act that forced them to leave town, and they have been in hiding from Rocete since.

Another source said Rocete used to boast he was a “military asset.”

Originally posted at 09:27 am | Saturday, December 01, 2012

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • Milesaway

    Kaya ayoko ng umuwi sa Pilipinas sa ganitong sitwasyon nakursunadan lang papatayin… Dapat ibalik ang death penalty at kapag napatunayan pumatay within 72 hrs. dapat i-firing squad na rin siya. 

    • RealChangePH

      Parang sa US lang ano? Manonood ka lang ng sine, babarilin ka rin. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

      • ddano

        Sa US huli o patay agad ang mga namamaril. Sana ganun din dito sa Pinas.

      • taongaba

        Seaman ako at isa sa pinaka delikadong mag Shore leave lalo na sa gabi ay sa U.S…Hold-ups..lalo na sa lugar ng mga Afro-americans..wala rin na gawa mga pulis doon.

      • Ivideo

        Shedgumboy, ben311, Milesaway, Manuelcdiaz and ddano:  !@#$% you all and the horses you rode in!  You are all a classic examples
        of a hawk that feels taller than the carabao it is on. 
        ‘73 pa ako dito sa California, USA.  May sariling business at hindi ako alila ng kahit na sinong Amerikano, but no matter how I hate and detest our corrupt officials like GMA, Corona, Estrada and some individuals who committed despicable heinous crime such
        as the above, still, I cannot condemn my country PINAS as a whole. WHY?  I may have become a naturalized US
        citizen, but indeed I am still a brown colored flat nose Filipino to the core. 

        Sobrang yabang nyong lima mga U L O L!!!!. I am sure alila lang naman kayo dito sa abroad.

    • Nagagalitna

      Mas ok pa yan ang sa Pinas kasi may rason dahil umihi kaya binaril…eh yong sa US na nanood lng ng movie binaril na…tell me now kung saan ang nakakatakot sa US o sa Pinas?

      Sobra naman taas ng ihi mo Brod…baka kakainin mo yan sinabi na hindi ka uuwi ng Pinas.
      Alam mo ako 18yrs na din sa ibang bansa but ipinag mamalaki ko pa din na Pinoy ako at uuwi pa din ako ng Pinas at ginagawa ko yan every 2 months or sometimes every month pag maluwag ang schedule kahit 4-5days lang.

      • manuelcdiaz

        Yong namaril sa sinihan convicted na that incident was last year plea bargain guilty life imprisonment with out parole kong hindi nag plea bargain death penalty. Dyan sa Pilipinas yong massacre sa Maguindanao three year na wala pang unlad yan ang iba dito sa US of A. 

      • Ivideo

        The shooting in a Colorado Movie
        theater was last July this year (2012). 
        Supposed 1st hearing was on Nov 15, 2012 but was postponed to
        Dec. 10, 2012 due to Mr. Holmes is in a
        condition that renders him unable to be present in court for Nov. 15 hearing.  Read and get your facts straight you stupid moron!

    • Ivideo

      Philippines don’t need your kind. PERIOD!

  • ben311

    nakakatakot na talaga sa pinas, dami addict at sira ulo!

    • Ivideo

      Population percentage wise, there are more drug addicts and crazy people
      in America than in the Philippines.   Read and learn the statistics stupid moron! 

      • ben311

        america land area is 32 times more than pinas at 3x more ang population , graduate ka siguro sa pinas.

      • Ivideo

        Yes I am and I am proud of it.  If you understand when I say population % wise.  Land area is not an issue on your comment.  Drug addiction and crazy people (like you perhaps) is your topic which I replied. Population of USA is little over 300 million compare to Phil. of 100 million.  Drug addicts in USA, more than 22 million (7.5%) compare to 6 million in the Phil. (6%).  Now, if we will match USA’s population x by 6%, there will only be 18 million Pilipino addicts, isn’t it, moron?  Now please tell me where did you graduate?  Pare-pareho lang tayong nasa abroad.  I’ve live more than half of my life here (1973 to present) in California.  I have my own business since 1990 but I dare not condemn my country of birth as a whole nor its people except those who committed crime.  Crime is rampant any where in the world.

      • ben311

        may pa moron moron ka pa nagpapakita ka pa rin ng pagka pinoy mo. amoy lupa ka na pala. .pa research ka pa mali naman. maghanap ka nga ng kausap.

      • Ivideo

        Hahaha sino kaya amoy lupa sa ating dalawa.  Ano ang gusto mong ipakita ko, Amerikano, katulad mo?  Kaya amoy bilasang isda ka ga go.  Halata! di mo kayang mag research> kaya mo lang ang mag short comment na parang u l o l.  Hehehehe.

    • Ivideo

      knocking on your stupid moronic thick head.  Read the news today!  shooting in a Connecticut School, 20 children dead.  Now tell me moron! Saan mas marami sira ulo? dito sa USA o sa Pilipinas.  G a G o

  • Shedgumboy

    Wow.. Very scary.. nakursunadahan lang , pinatay agad.. Wala nang takot sa batas ang mga tao diyan sa Pinas. Dito sa US.. arrestado agad iyan.. then trial by Jury.   Sure a. DEATH PENALTY
    will be impose for those criminal.. 

    • buttones

      Trial by jury- in the Philippines? Twelve ‘good men and true’ are you joking or what?

    • taongaba

      Not all States in the U.S. practice death penalty.

    • Ivideo

      To Shedgumboy, death penalty sentence is not always the case in some of the
      50 States of America.  Huwag kang mayabang kung kulang ka sa facts.  

  • tarikan

    I don’t think the suspect got irked by the bright lights of the DPWH vehicle. I think he got irked by the victims’ urinating on the side of the street maybe in full view of other people at the convenience store. I think it is alright for the suspect to gun down the victims. Filipinos are noted for their urinating anywhere even along sidewalks of the famed stinking city of metro Manila. 

    • buttones

      Agree…What is going on in my country? there is not one single day we do not read that somebody has shot somebody, or raped, or ‘hazed’ or stabbed them. And the PNP tell us that violent crime is down? I refuse to believe it—men urinating in the streets- yes I can well believe that, we all see that everyday…not too sure it demands the death penalty , the shooter may have held a different view…..and it’s not something a tourist would want to see either- and I doubt that anyone has ever has appeared in Court for urinating in public- it seems to be the norm but it is actually against the Law, spitting all over the place is of course perfectly legal. Try spitting and urinating all over the place in Singapore, OMG!
      It is time we banned ALL guns in private hands, stop ALL issuing of gun licenses and start to clean up this ’Wild West’ we have created..

    • taongaba

      Pgnagsalita ka akala mo hindi ka rin pinoy…may pa  “famed stinking city of metro Manila.” ka pa.

      • tarikan

        Bakit taga saan ka ba pre? Subukan mong maglakadlakad sa sa metro Manila hindi magtagal makakadaan ka ng sobrang panghi ng sidewalk lalo na kung may puno ng kahoy o poste ng Meralco iyon ang ihi-an. Bukod yun sa baho ng estero. Mga paradahan ng tricy, jeep sobrang panghi kasi dun laang sa tabi ng sasakyan umi-ihi ang mga driver. During a balikbayan trip nag-aabang kami ng taxi sa Cubao side streets may huminto lampas sa amin pagdating namin sobrang embarrass ni mrs dahil si driver ay umi-ihi lang pala sa tabi ng taxi sa harap ng mga bahay tapos sabay karipas. That taxi driver represent most of the Filipinos, umi-ihi kahit saan, sa pader, poste, puno ng kahoy or in plain view. Filipino din ako pre pero hindi ko kayang gawin ang ginagawa ng most of our kabayan.

      • taongaba

        Mr.Tarikan,no offense…sa States ganoon din ang amoy ng kanilang side streets..Seaman ako kaya maraming parte ng States ang na puntahan ko..marami rin na tutulog sa tabi ng kalsada walang tirahan.Pier nila marami rin na plastic bottles na naka lutang.Ganoon din sa Europe..Hindi lang side walk mabaho pati mga tao nila mababaho rin.Sorry kabayan kung na offened ka.I apologize..Peace lang tayo..

  • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

    Baca anac ng político ang namaril caya ayaw aminin ng autoridad.

  • speedstream2

    Impunity has many faces. In this incident, 3 persons are needlessly dead, 4 are hurt. Seems to me, there is very little respect for the law or for human life these days. How did we get to this stage? I think Edmund Burke put it very succinctly: “Always remember, that the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

  • Horst Manure

    It’s a complete  waste of your time to report an unlicensed weapon here, you are better of reading your Horoscope..

  • Sandouk

    A lesson to motorists…you have to placed on low beam your headlights of the vehicle. Otherwise you would get killed. 

  • Sandouk

    A lesson to motorists…you have to placed on low beam you headlights of the vehicle, otherwise you would be get killed. Some vehicle accidents caused of high beam due to high emited light that caused to produce sparks to your vision.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_44QGTQXFYHNVPNMX453LWBPMXM Opel

    d@mn! this guy was training  police officers with taekwondo! baka expert na sa kick back tinuruan nya. let the police officers of mayor duterte or mayor lim escort the b@stard to a cell or funeral parlor.

  • Olibo

    There’s no place in the world today you can call crime free. In Norway almost zero crime rate was shocked of the recent massacre by a lone gunman–unknown motive. Tasmania, Australia massacre also  by a lone gunman– unknown motive. In the US? The space is not enough to list down killings spree by lunatics. Any suggestion from forum people where is the safest place to live nowadays?

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94

editors' picks

advertisement

popular

advertisement

videos