2 cops, guard hurt in foiling slay try on Surigao del Norte governor
John Roson

Two policemen and a security guard were injured when they foiled an assassination attempt on Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas at the provincial capitol in Surigao City early Monday, police said.

PO2 Ronie Golez suffered bullet wounds on the chest, arm, and neck, while PO2 Jerson Guidulman and security guard Raymar Quiñonez were hit on the right leg and shoulder, respectively, Caraga regional police spokesman Supt. Martin Gamba said.

“Unharmed po si governor. Ginawa nilang (policemen) panangga ‘yung sarili nila, pinrotektahan nila si governor kasi ‘yun ang duty nila, detailed sila as escorts ni governor,” Gamba said in a phone interview.

Golez, Guidulman, and Quiñonez were still being treated at the Surigao Medical Center and Miranda Family Hospital as of this writing.

The shooting occurred around 7:45 a.m. while Matugas and other provincial officials were attending the flag raising ceremony in front of the Hall of Justice.

Samuel Lapac, 69, a former chairman of Brgy. Luna, Surigao City, tried to shoot the governor with a caliber-.45 pistol but was spotted by the security officers, Gamba said.

One of the policemen escorting Matugas fired back and wounded Lapac, who was eventually captured and brought to Caraga Regional Hospital, he said.

Additional security personnel were deployed after the incident and the capitol’s operations have since returned “back to normal,” Gamba said.

Investigators are still trying to determine the suspect’s motive, he added. (John Roson)

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