LLANERA, Nueva Ecija — Two drunk farmers were arrested after five duck raisers complained to the police that the duo threatened them and fired their guns without provocation while they were passing through a farm with an ongoing land dispute here on Friday night.
Police said the illegal discharge of firearms incident transpired in Bgy. Andres Bonifacio Sur at 6:10 p.m. here.
Nabbed were Joseph Oliva, 37, of Bgy. Burgos, Carranglan, and Michael Lucena, 22, of Bgy. Sibut, San Jose City.
Town police officer-in-charge Major Romualdo S. Lopez said the five victims, identified as Joyce Ann Sagun, 22, of Anao, Tarlac; Jesus Valencia, 55, of Bgy. A. Bonifacio Norte, Llanera; and Renaldo Labiano, 42; Renato Torres, 39; and Marciano Tutaan, 57, all of Bgy. A. Bonifacio Sur, Llanera, were passing through the farm when the two drunk suspects approached and confronted them as to why they were roaming around in the area without any apparent reason.
While talking to them, the suspects suddenly drew their firearms and pointed these on the heads of the victims and then fired twice, with the others trying to pacify the suspects.
“Dahil po lasing ang mga suspects at doon dumadaan sa bukid na tinatrabaho nila ‘yung mga biktima,” said police officer-on-case SSgt. Israel R. Ibuma.
Ibuma added this farmland being cultivated by the suspects has an ongoing land dispute that is why they always accost those who are passing by the disputed property.
“Bukod po sa mga biktima, may mga nauna umanong tinakot si Joseph sa gawi ng bukid na iyun,” Ibuma said.
Seized from the two suspects were a 38 cal. revolver with four bullets and 12 ammunitions for 12-gauge shotgun.
Charges for grave threats and violation of Republic Act 10591 are set to be filed against the arrested suspects.