First Posted 23:10:00 08/28/2015
Biliran, Biliran – A recipient of the goverment’s Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) was robbed and shot dead in Sitio Dalupingan in Barangay Canila, Biliran, Biliran.
The victim was identified as Romeo B. Lauron, 55 years old, married and a resident of the abovementioned barangay as per excerpt of the police blotter of Biliran police station.
Based on the account of the victim’s wife and son, they were preparing their dinner when the four suspects identified as Felix P. Boring alias “Dondon”, George Palconit, Eugenio Gervacio alias “Kirat”, and Michael Corpin alias “Germo”, armed with caliber .45 pistol, shotgun, and a bladed weapon known as “sundang”, suddenly entered their house and allegedly asked for the ESA money, which was given by DSWD.
The wife said she refused to give the money since they had only a little few and it was intended for the payment of their debts.
She added that when she saw a chance, she immediately ran outside to elude the robbers.
While fleeing, she heard two gunshots, which killed her husband.
A minor named Ricky Boy A. Lauron, 15 years old, was also shot by the suspects and was immediately brought to the Biliran provincial hospital for immediate medical treatment.
The robbery incident which caused the death of the victim due to fatal gunshot wounds happened at around 7:30 in the evening of Wednesday, August 26, 2015.
It was learned that the distribution of ESA cash assistance in the amount of P30, 000 to identified households with totally damaged houses, and P10,000 for partially damaged houses, is now on-going in some of the eight towns in Biliran province.
ESA is a cash assistance given by the government through the DSWD to identified Yolanda victims.