Davao Norte congressman’s bodyguard shot dead by motorcycle-riding tandem; Condemnation heard at the provincial board

july 9, 2013

By Cha Monforte, Rural Urban News

The bodyguard of the Davao del Norte Rep. Anthony del Rosario was shot dead Monday at 6 A.M. by motorcycle-riding gunmen in tandem infront the provincial Capitol after he went into jogging inside the provincial sports center.

The city police as of press time has still no clue on the motive of the killing of Froilan Maureal, 54, married, and resident of Block 6, Lot 7, Lynville Subdivision, Brgy. Mankilam, Tagum City.

He was a personnel of the Civil Security Unit (CSU) of the provincial government, and was said to be detailed as one of the bodyguards of Cong. Anthony del Rosario, son of Gov. Rodolfo del Rosario.

Tagum City police chief Epe Rillo said that the victim was on his way to his house riding on his Honda Wave motorcycle when at the corner of Ferido and Boiser streets a black Honda TMX motorcycle suddenly bumped it off causing him to fall on the street pavement.

There he was shot by the motorcycle-backriding assassin for several times hitting the victim’s head, chest and stomach.

The assassins immediately sped off going to Garciaville after severely shooting the victim down.

Concerned onlookers brought shortly the victim to Erum Hospital but he was declared as dead on arrival.

Police investigators recovered seven shells and one slug of .45 caliber handgun at the crime scene.

PSupt. Rillo relayed that Maureal’s wife had said that the crime is possibly related to the death threat that his husband got way back in 2010 election.

Sources said that Maureal had been a long-time bodyguard of Gov. del Rosario and was a New People’s Army surrenderee who first served as a bodyguard of the late Governor and Congressman Prospero Amatong in the late 80s.

In the Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s session Monday afternoon, provincial Board Member Dr. Fred De Veyra, chairman of the SP’s human right committee, condemned the “dastardly killing” saying Maureal “is one of us” being a Capitol employee.

De Veyra called on the new city administration to immediately arrest the resurgent summary killings happening recently in Tagum City as promised in the last election.

The provincial board passed a resolution, in view of the killing, asking for the presence of top police officers, the municipal chiefs of police and the new provincial police director PSSupt. Samuel Gadingan in their next session in the coming Monday. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte)

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