LAUR, Nueva Ecija – A farmer’s 32-year-old son was hacked and wounded when five men armed with bolos and high-powered firearms attacked them after barging into their house and forced them to leave the premises, police reported here on Friday.
Hurt was farmer Rodel Jandoc of Sitio Bato, Bgy. San Josef, this town.
Provincial police director Col. Jaime O. Santos said Rodel’s father, Romeo Jandoc, 63, farmer, came to the police here and sought immediate help after his family was allegedly attacked by five armed men, who intruded into their house and forced them to vacate the area at 9:55 a.m.
Responding lawmen led by deputy head Lt. Nathaniel Tomas, who rushed to the area, subsequently arrested the five suspects after they were caught in the act of destroying the victim’s house, said Santos.
The arrested five suspects were identified as Alejandro Diwan, 54, farmer, of Bgy. Atate, Palayan City; Melchor Budtan, 32, farmer, of Bgy. Marcos Village; his two siblings Pepe, 40, of Bgy. Atate, Palayan City, and Baltazar Budtan, 36, of Sitio Labni, Bgy. San Isidro, this town; and Rey Bulong, 46, of Bgy. Caballero, Palayan City.
Seized from the suspects were a Steyr-Daimler-Puch Uzi sub-machine gun with loaded magazine having 10 live bullets, a Llama cal. 9mm pistol with five bullets, and two bolo knives.
Santos said the five arrested suspects are now placed behind bars and face charges for violation of Republic Act 10591, malicious mischief and serious physical injuries, before the provincial prosecutor’s office.