Zamboanga del Sur - A shooting incident transpired in Bagong Silang, Barangay Poblacion, Pitogo, at about 7:10 PM on February 16, 2016, wherein Elvis Banggoy Ordaniza, 49, a media practitioner and volunteer reporter of Power 99 FM in Pagadian City was shot by an unidentified suspect.
Elements of Pitogo Municipal Police Station responded to the crime scene and brought the victim to Pitogo Rural Health Center for treatment and was later referred to Pagadian City for further medication. The victim succumbed to his severe wounds and was declared dead on arrival. Investigation conducted by Pitogo MPS disclosed that the victim was cooking for their dinner and was about to get the coconut shells to be used as firewood outside their house, when he was shot by the suspects with a caliber .45 pistol based on the recovered two empty shells at the crime scene. Ordaniza sustained two gunshot wounds on his chest while the suspect fled towards unknown direction after the incident.
Pitogo Municipal Police Station created Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) “Ordaniza” to investigate the said shooting incident pursuant to Special Order No. 025 dated February 17, 2016 and immediately convened the morning after. Members include two media practitioners - Mr. Jong Cadion of CNN Philippines Correspondent and Mr. Jezreel Himang of Power 99 FM. During the SITG conference, Mr. Himang, a colleague of the victim at Power 99 FM, stated that the victim was a former rebel who reintegrated into the society in 2000. He was a KBP accredited member and field volunteer reporter of DXWO Power 99 FM involved in commentaries criticizing various issues and personilities being reported to him during his block time. Information from Police Inspector Orlyn Leyte, Pitogo MPS chief stated that he was always tapped as media representative and witness during the inventory of confiscated items on drug buy-bust operations and is sometimes utilized as a security aide of Mayor Garban of of Pitogo and Mayor Jun Babasa of Bayog municipality. Further investigation disclosed that during the day of the incident, there was a power interruption in Pitogo from 6:00 AM to 8:00 AM. The initial focus of the investigation being considered by SITG “Ordaniza” is his being a hardline radio commentator, wherein he might have incurred enemies with his commentaries as revealed by his colleagues. Also to be considered is his involvement as an active media representative during anti-illegal drug operations in Pitogo. Said task group will continue in pursuing the solution said incident in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies.
-with report from PO3 Bernard Tan, RPIO9