MANDAUE CITY- The showroom of Chevrolet in Cebu was strafed here past Saturday midnight. The firm along M.C. Briones St., National Hi-way in Barangay Ibabao- Estancia is owned by businessman Franklyn Ong, a Cebu City councilor as President of the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC-Cebu City Chapter).
Ong was shocked after the incident, the establishment’s security consultant said. “He is clueless and shocked,” the source told iNews.ph on condition of anonymity. The security officer said that the strafing at about 12:43 a.m. happened at a time when their posted blue guards were unarmed because of the election gun ban. In his Facebook (FB) page, Gary Lao, the chief of Cebu City Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (COSAP) said that the shooting incident happened at a time when Ong and Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena were together.
Osmena in his own FB page described it as intimidation to Ong, his staunch political ally, the Barangay Captain of Kasambagan. “This is just intimidation. Fortunately no one was hurt,” Osmena said in his post. Major Aldrin Villacampa, the chief of the Mandaue City Police Station 1 said he is conferring with his counterparts in Cebu City to establish possible links of the incident to the strafing incident that also happened in Barangay Sinsin, a mountain village in Cebu City.
A captured CCTV footage of the incident showed that the shooter rode on a white van with a motorcycle back-up. In the Sinsin incident, a white van was also used by armed men who strafed the house of a barangay official in the area. No one was injured in the strafing of the Ong owned establishment but the store’s glass windows bore 12 bullet holes.
Among the pieces of evidence recovered from the scene were .45 caliber bullet shells and 10 bullet fragments. Ong’s companies are known motor vehicles suppliers of local government units and big establishments in the Visayas and Mindanao.