CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Local law enforcers had thrown a security net around the family members of the lawmaker here following the killing of their son Thursday afternoon.
P/Col. Surke Sereñas, Operation Chief of the Cagayan De Oro City Police, said Friday that a police security was assigned to Cagayan de Oro First District Cong. Rolando Uy and his family as the probe on the killing of his son gained headway.
Sereñas said that the police probers were now looking on the “quarry business” as the possible motive of the killing.
Roland Sherween “Tawee” Uy, 45, eldest son of Cong. Uy, was gunned down together with Samuel Tabalan, 73, the caretaker of the “quarry” site owned by the Uy’s in Zone 1, Pagatpat, a remote village in Cagayan de Oro City, Thursday afternoon.
Uy, succumbed to six gunshot wounds, two on the head, two on the chest and one each on the arm.
Uy died instantaneously while sitting on a reclined chair on the quarry house overlooking the barangay San Simon river. The river served as the border of the Pagatpat and San Simon villages.
The caretaker, Tabalan, was shot on the head with his body slumped at the rear-left of the service pickup owned by Uy.
The driver identified as Rubie Alayuay y Nahial, told police investigators that he was relieving in the comfort room when the shooting took place.
“Samtang naa ko sa CR nadunggan nako ang andar sa motorseklo nga nihunong ug dunay nangutana kang “Tawee” kung pila ang presyo sa usa ka load nga graba, dayon nisunod ang mga buto sa pusil, nahadlok ko mao wala ko nigawas sa CR”
(I was relieving in the comfort room (CR) when I heard a motorcycle stopped and asked the price of a truckload of sand and gravel, then gun fires followed, I did not come out because of fear), Alayuay told the police.
He said that he came out only when the motorcycle was already far. Aside from being the son of the incumbent lawmaker, Uy was the first barangay councilor of Carmen and was acting as the officer-in-charge of the barangay in lieu of his reportedly sickly mother Lorna, the incumbent barangay chairwoman.
Police investigators recovered several shells of a .45 caliber pistol in the crime scene, now subject of ballistic examination.
Sereñas said that the police noticed that based on the shells recovered, the suspects were armed with two .45 caliber pistols and investigators were trying to establish, which of the pistol killed Uy -0-