Man held as police probe Cavite deadly gun rampage



A little girl looks bewildered by the blood stains marking the spot where a person fell during a shooting frenzy in Barangay Tabon I, Kawit, Cavite province, on Friday morning. EDWIN BELLOSILLO

MANILA, Philippines—A man accused of helping a gunman kill eight people and wound 12 others has been detained as police investigate the motive for the drug-fuelled rampage, officials said Saturday.

Witnesses told police the arrested suspect helped reload a semi-automatic pistol as Rolando Bae, later shot dead by police, went house to house in search of people to attack at a slum neighborhood in Kawit town, Cavite province.

Police arrested John Paul Lopez in Imus town near Kawit late Friday, hours after Bae was killed in a firefight with police, national police spokesman Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo said.

“We are investigating the level of his involvement, but definitely he faces criminal charges,” Cerbo said of the alleged accomplice.

Lopez said Bae forced him at gunpoint to load the clip of the .45-calibre pistol between the shootings, Cerbo told Agence France-Presse.

“If that is proven false, he would be charged with many murders,” Cerbo added.

Cavite Governor Juanito Victor Remulla  said relatives led police to Lopez.

Remulla also said in an interview on local radio that the authorities doubted the suspect’s version of events.

“He changed the clip three or four times as Bae broke into houses. He (Lopez) could have easily escaped,” Remulla told DZMM radio.

Calls to the governor’s office and mobile phone by AFP were not returned.

Cerbo said 12 people were being treated for gunshot wounds in hospitals in Manila and Cavite following the rampage.

Police said a pregnant woman and four children were among those shot, and that two of the children had died.

Police said Saturday they still had not established the motive for the attack.

They said Bae had been an elected member of the village council but left the community after being defeated in a 2010 ballot for the post of village chief.

Bae and Lopez, described by police as the gunman’s employee, began drinking and taking the banned stimulant methamphetamine or shabu on New Year’s Eve, according to Remulla.

Frequent methamphetamine use can lead to anti-social or even psychotic behaviour, said Derrick Carreon, spokesman for the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

“They may start seeing demons during withdrawal. You take it from there,” he told AFP Saturday.

Methamphetamine is the most commonly used narcotic by the nearly two million illegal drug users in the country, Carreon added.

Friday’s shooting rampage followed the New Year’s Eve deaths of two children by celebratory gunfire in Manila, which has triggered outrage and condemnation of the Philippines’ poorly enforced gun laws.

There were 1.2 million registered firearms in the Philippines last year, with another 600,000 unlicensed weapons in circulation, according to police.

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  • Komen To

    They were together drinking and smoking drugs before the event. If this alibi is allowed, next time there is a robbery, an accomplice will reason out the same thing – babarilin kasi ako at pamilya ko. In any crime, the act of one is the act of all

    • gilbs72

      And once the pistol’s entire magazine is emptied, he who has the bullets has the power to run away.  He actually stood a better chance running away.  Why reload the gun, eh, di baka sa kanya din iputok, eventually – an insane man will not think clearly to let him go free.

      • Loggnat

         That individual who reloaded the handgun had the opportunity to stop that massacre if he had conscience and ‘cojones’ after first time he reloaded it. He had in his hand a fully loaded and also ample time to chamber a bullet and shot the motherf%@$#er who were shooting those children. In the US just being in the company of a person who committed murder is also charge the same as the shooter. He is not an accomplished but a participant in the crime and should be charge as such. The president should lift the death penalty to heinous crimes such as this one.

    • batangpaslit

      my punto

  • yonoh

    dapat sisishin dyan yong mga politiko ginagaya lang sila ng mga pinoy………..may mga sariling baril at mga goons kasama na si pinoy,,,,,,,,na magaling humawak ng baril…..parang rh bill yan..lahat kay pinoy gagawin legal……pati divorce,same sex marriage at iba pa.

    • Edwin Edwin

      utak ipis ka rin pala!

      • batangpaslit

        Bro, nag bunganga amok si Yonoh…hehehe
        baka naka singhot din ng shabu kaya nag ratatat ng paratang

    • gajeelredfox


    • batangpaslit

      Tsong, back up ang mga paratang mo
      otherwise, para kang si Bae…nag bunganga amok

  • Homer Guo

    enter remulla…. tsadannnnnnnnnnnnnnnn sya ang bida… letsugas de pastillas, makaeksena lang in the name of election

    • batangpaslit

      sana botante ka sa Cavite para you can campaign against him

  • California13

    Bakit ba tuwing may durugista na nagwawala sinasabi na may nakaaway sa pamilya kaya gumawa ng karumal-dumal na krimen? Na tila ba may pananagutan ang mga kapamilya. Alalahanin natin na ang shabu ay nakaka-induce ng paranoia. Feeling nila the world is against them.

  • $16638896

    puno’t dulo nyan droga, kaya dapat salvage para sa mga drug syndicates and pushers…calling all vigilantes!

  • ADD

    Pa-epal din itong s remulla, eh talamak ang droga sa Cavite wala nman syang nagawa.

    • Rexy

      erap, remulla lang ba sa cavite? how about the revilla?

  • Fred

    Nagkakataon lang kaya na pagkatapos ma announce ang pabuya ay lumutang na ang

  • akoombulator

    talaga ? 2 million lang.ang adik sa pinas? baka sa kalye pa lang ni remulla yon

  • cas14

    where did he get those drugs then? you know what, the areas from bacoor to cavite city are samples of a rotten barrios – in decay. you don’t see any progess there, and as a general observation, i notice that some elected government officials in those areas are rotten. even some police officers are downright dirty, even the facilities and hospitals treat you poorly…pff sad sad area. i cant believe people apoint such devils.  

  • cas14

    agree ako sa inyong lahat. bulok talaga yun politcal leaders diyan. psss pero kung iisipin niyo rin tatanga tanga rin mga bumuboto sa kanila, either ignorante o binabayaran mga yun. diyos ko po, kailan aasenso yun cavite na yan.

  • pepito gwaps

    Kung nasa nasa ibang bansa yang 2M na yan na drug user so 2M din ang bibitayin. Hangfang statistics na lngTsk.tsk then pagnakadroga ka raw ay makakakita ka ng demonyo or ikaw mismo ang magiging demonyo aba sa sobrang dami yang drug users 2M its like hell in the phil….no wonder kukunti ang nag iinvest..

  • regie


  • joerizal

    Pareho kasi silang sabog kaya niya ina-alalayan yung shooter.

  • OFW Franklin

    Gun does not kill people but the one who pulled the triger was the killer. Like every nationality Pilipino has a passion to have a gun or want to have a gun. The society tolerate people of having a gun either illegal or legal because there is no clear implementation of the law or policies to prevent possession of gun. The police force or any government agency should have the political will to implement the law nor the society should voice out and press the government leaders to act decissively regarding banning gun  for people having questionable character and mental capacity to preserve life.  

  • Palparan

    who needs RH bill when we have people like bae?

    junk RH bill now!

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    kung kahit isa sa mga nabaril ni bae ay may baril din eh di napalaban sana siya… dami ng binaril sigurado maaalerto ang may baril at nakahanda for self defense…..kung meron man duon sa area ay nawalan ng bayag o kaya nauna takot! walang saysay ang gun ban kung meron pa rin baril na nagkalat at madali makabili ang mga kriminal o may kriminal intent na mga tao…..walang kriminal na sumusunod sa batas kahit tadtad ng batas yan laban sa baril pero lalabas pa rin ang pagka kriminal……..karaniwan na marami ang napapatay ay dahil walang katapat na may baril din na lalaban……yung mga foiled robberies sa bus at kung saan pa at may napatay pa mga kriminal ay dahil may nakatapat na may baril sa krimen kaya napalaban pero kung wala marami sa kanila ang mamamatay…….hindi lahat ng lugar ay may pulis at hindi lahat ng bahay sa barangay ay may pulis……buhay ng pamilya mo ang nasa bingit ng kamatayan kaya unahan na lang kesa makita mo isa-isa pinapatay ang pamilya mo at wala ka ginawa kung hindi magsisigaw!

  • batangpaslit

    Lopez must be charged for aiding his boss to kill innocent people
    Hawak nia ang bala? So, meron siang panahon na tumakbo sa police station.

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