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Former Panglao mayor survives slay attempt

The suspected assailant of former Panglao mayor Dr. Doloreich Dumaluan is charged with frustrated murder and three counts of attempted murder at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office.

Dumaluan sustained a gunshot wound in his left shoulder after a shootout with alleged security personnel of a newly constructed resort beside the beach resort owned by the former mayor in barangay Bolod, Panglao at 2:30 p.m. last Tuesday.

The former mayor was allegedly fired upon by one Teodulo Macalandag, a resident of barangay Tiptip, this city.

Macalandag, based on police criminal records, had been convicted of homicide and several cases of robbery.

Lawyer Aleck Francis Lim told the media that charges for frustrated murder and attempted murder will also be filed against Frank Toston and Larry Opada, both residents of barangay Songculan, Dauis; Satish and Jacinta Nair; and two still unidentified suspects who were present during the shootout.

An inquest hearing for the charges against Macalandag is scheduled on September 9 at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office, Atty. Lim bared.

In his affidavit, Dumaluan said that a little past 2 p.m. last Tuesday, while he was at his drug laboratory near the Land Transportation Office (LTO), this city, he got a call from his resort supervisor Sixto Dejan informing him that an engineer from the Bohol Electric Cooperative (Boheco) together with Opada, who is the foreman of the construction in the nearby resort, were about to erect a post on the shore fronting his property.

The electrical connection was to be used by the nearby resort which is ongoing construction and owned by the Nair couple.

According to Dumaluan, he proceeded to his resort and instructed Dejan to stop the men from erecting the electrical post as it is within the 20-meter salvage zone and it would pose danger to the resort’s guests and people going to the beach.

While on his way to Panglao, the former mayor learned after calling up Boheco manager Carlos Itable that no Boheco personnel were dispatched to erect a post in Dumaluan’s beach resort.

When Dumaluan arrived at the resort, he instructed one of his security guards to follow him to the beachfront and confronted the man who introduced himself as the engineer from Boheco, whom the former mayor later learned to be Toston.

During the confrontation, Toston admitted that he was not actually employed with Boheco but were about to erect the post for the electrical connection of Nair’s resort.

Dumaluan told Toston and his companions that he would not allow them to erect the post ordering them to bring the post and their equipment out of his property.

However, when the men were leaving, Toston allegedly approached Dumaluan who was standing on the side of his beach property and shouted “What is your law?” (Unsa man gud imong balaod?)

Toston purportedly came “threateningly closer and even elbowed me”, Dumaluan stated in his affidavit.

That was when Dumaluan’s resort supervisor and two companions closed in screening Toston but the former mayor told them not to hurt the latter.

Toston turned to leave Dumaluan’s property together with his companions. Seeing that they were leaving, Dumaluan said he also turned towards his resort.

However, before he could start walking away, he heard the alarmed voice of resort supervisor Dejan shouting that one was holding a gun.

Dumaluan said he turned in time to see Macalandag shoot at him which hit his shoulder causing him to fall on the ground.

Dumaluan said that while he was already on the ground, he saw Macalandag and Toston firing several shots from their firearms towards his direction and his companions.

Upon his instructions, Dumaluan was rushed by personnel of his resort to the Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital.

After several minutes while Dumaluan was lying and being treated at the emergency room, another wounded man came in whom he recognized as the one who shot him earlier.

Dumaluan said he immediately shouted for everyone to hear that this was the man who shot him, who was later identified as Macalandag, an ex-convict.

Dumaluan alleged in his complaint that Toston, Macalandag, Opada and the two other still unidentified suspects acted in conspiracy together with the Nair couple to commit the crime against him.

He hinted that other than the suspects who are now charged, other people may still be involved in the slay attempt.

The former mayor was brought to a hospital in Cebu for an operation to extract the bullet embedded in his left shoulder.



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