outbrain
Close  

Soldier in hospital, 2 others detained after indiscriminate firing in Zambo bar

/ 07:40 PM September 27, 2019

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Zamboanga del Sur—A soldier is now in hospital and two others are detained by police after one of them, in a drunken stupor, fired his gun indiscriminately inside a bar at the seaside park Paseo del Mar in this city on Friday, Sept. 27.

Maj. Edwin Duco, Zamboanga City police spokesperson, said the three soldiers—Sgt. Brylle Rodriguez Reyes, 30; Sgt. Leonel Espartero; 29 and Capt. Adrian Hesta Fernando, 29—were already drunk around 3:30 a.m. when Espartero pulled out his gun and started firing.

ADVERTISEMENT

The sound of gunshots sent people scampering for safety.

After the firing, the three soldiers boarded a motorcycle and sped but crashed some 500 meters from Paseo del Mar where police chanced upon them.

FEATURED STORIES

As a result of the crash, Espartero suffered multiple injuries and had to be rushed to the Zamboanga City Medical Center.

Reyes and Fernando were taken to the city police station for questioning.

Police seized from the soldiers two 9 mm Glock pistols, one loaded  and the other without a magazine.

Col. John Divinagracia, head of the multi-agency anti-terror Task Force Zamboanga, said the three soldiers have already been relieved from their battalion and will further be investigated.

Maj. Arvin John Encinas, Western Mindanao Command spokesperson, expressed dismay for the soldiers’ behavior and issued a public apology.

Encinas said the soldiers could either be discharged or demoted./TSB

ADVERTISEMENT
Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Army, Bar, demotion, discharge, drunk, firing, gun, indiscriminate, motorcycle crash, rank, soldiers
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.