Salug, ZDN- Arson/burning incident transpired at Barangay Pucay, Salug, Zamboanga Del Norte at about 8:15 PM January 9, 2019.
PCSUPT Emmanuel Licup, PRO9 Regional Director said one Deonilo AsmanBucan, 48 years old, married resident of Brgy. Poblacion, Godod, Zamboanga del Norte appeared at Salug Police Station and reported that his driven passenger bus SSG liner, yellow, bearing plate number QEE 811, owned by Sabino S. Gallo Jr of Liloy, Zamboanga Del Norte Was burned by (5) five unidentified persons armed with short firearms at Brgy Pucay, Salug, Zamboanga Del Norte.
Initial investigation conducted disclosed that a passenger bus SSG LINER driven by Mr.Deonilo Asman Bucan travelling via Godod-Liloy,Zamboanga Del Norte at about 08:00 o’clock in the evening more or less of same date on their way to Godod municipality, Zamboanga Del Norte. They were stopped by five (5) unidentified persons boarded in two motorcycles and armed with pistols.
Deonilo Asman Bucan, driver of SSG Liner and his (3) three truck man identified as Leo A. Lomondaya, 28 years old, single and a resident of Banawan, Godod, Zamboanga del Norte; Nelson DomindingAmbahang, 28 years old, married and a resident of Brgy. Poblacion, Godod, Zamboanga del Norte andCelsoDomindingAmbahang, 33 years old, married and a resident of Brgy. Poblacion, Godod, Zamboanga Del Norte were instructed by one of the perpetrators to alight from the bus.
Thereafter, said perpetrators introduce themselves as a NPA’s and uttered to the driver that “you were always passing without paying”. Thereafter, the perpetrator put a gallon of gasoline in the bus and then lighted up and burned the bus containing assorted dry goods and others such as; fertilizer, feeds, sardines, drinks, dried fish, seven (7) container of gasoline , hollow blocks, sack of rice and corn and others.
After the burning of the said bus, one of the perpetrators fired a shot using his firearm then left the scene and headed towards Godod Municipality. The motive of the incident is still to be determined. PNP personnel of Salug Police Station are still conducted hot pursuit operation of those perpetrators for possible arrest and identification.Furthermore, the investigating fire officer estimated damages of the said vehicle was four hundred twenty thousand pesos (420,000.00) more or less.