THE father of Negros Island Region top drug suspect Ricky Serenio was gunned down by two unidentified men on a motorcycle outside their house at Barangay Singcang-Airport in Bacolod City Monday night, May 22.
The death of Wilfredo Serenio, 53, came more than a month after his son Wilmar Serenio, 31, was also shot to death by two unidentified assailants in the same location.
The victim returned home from Manila to mourn the death of his son on April 10.
Investigation showed the elder Serenio and his family went out of their house when the power went out around 10 p.m.
The assailants then came and fired at him several times.
He sustained three gunshot wounds and was declared dead at a hospital.
Recovered from the scene were three fired cartridge cases, two bullets, and a slug of .45 caliber pistol.
Wilfredo’s wife Gina told SunStar Bacolod Tuesday, May 23, that she heard gunshots from a far and when she was on her way home from a convenience store along with her daughter and grandchildren, she saw the assailants, who were not wearing helmets.
"We hid near the bridge for fear that they might also hurt us," she said.
Mrs. Serenio said she believes the perpetrators who killed her son were the same ones who gunned down her husband.
She added that she heard rumors that the death of her husband is “a gift” to those who have a grudge against Ricky.
They were supposed to kill her husband on Ricky’s birthday last Sunday, but they failed, and returned the following day, she said.
She added that the incident could be related to the revelation of Ricky on certain “narco-policemen” and other drug personalities that he mentioned in his original and supplemental affidavits.
She appealed to the police to solve the murder cases of her son and husband.
For his part, Ricky, in a radio interview, said that he has an idea who killed his brother and father.
He added that the incidents were done out of revenge of those he implicated in the illegal drug activities.
“They should face me and not involve my family in this situation,” he said.
Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent Jack Wanky, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office, assured the Serenio family that the police will thoroughly conduct an investigation.
He said that he assigned investigators to augment the personnel of Police Station 8 working on the case.
Wanky said that he met with Ricky who provided the police with names, who might be persons of interest.
Regarding the Serenio family’s request for security, Wanky said they are willing to provide them, but they will have to assess first the extent of security they need.
He also appealed to the Serenio family to cooperate in the investigation.
Senior Inspector Wilfredo Benoman Jr., chief of Police Station 8, said they still have no lead on the identities of the assailants, but they are conducting further investigation.
Published in the SunStar Bacolod newspaper on May 24, 2017.
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