An officer of Cagayan de Oro City’s Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) was shot dead at around 6;00pm, Friday night while he was directing traffic in the vicinity of Cogon Market, one of the city’s busiest intersections.

Cris Cabingas, Leader of RTA’s Cogon Market Team was shot three times at the back by an unidentified suspect as he was manning traffic along JR Borja and Lt. Guillermo Streets at around 6:00pm, December 30, 2016 at the height of rush hour as preparations for the New Year celebration is at its peak. He expired at 8:20am today, December 31, 2016. More HERE.

The time of the incident coincided with the peak hours as traffic was getting worse with the holiday rush and vendors occupying a big portion of the road. It can be recalled that vendors were complaining after RTA disallowed them to display their goods along the sidewalk around Cogon Market. LINK

Atty. Jose Edgardo Uy, Hapsay Dalan Chairman, released a Statement of Condemnation (read below). Note: Statement made while Mr. Cabingas was still fighting for his life at the hospital.

STATEMENT OF CONDEMNATION [On the Shooting of RTA Personnel]

The men and women behind the Roads and Traffic Administration [RTA] STRONGLY CONDEMN the attempt on the life of Mr. Cris Cabingas, a dedicated Team Leader of the RTA Cogon Market Team that is tasked to keep the roads and sidewalks in that area orderly and safe for, and comfortable for use by, roads users.

The surreptitious and barbaric shooting of Mr. Cabingas, a criminal act for which the perpetrator must be brought before the bar of justice, has no place in a civilized society like Cagayan de Oro City, and should be strongly condemned not only by the men and women of the RTA but by the entire populace as well.

The RTA also STRONGLY CONDEMNS the unfair insinuation by some radio commentators who have been quick in airing biased commentaries against the RTA and the poor victim, which statements not only add insult to the injuries of Mr. Cabingas but also incite lawlessness in our beloved City.

Mr. Cabingas was shot behind the back at or about six o’clock in the evening [6PM] of December 30, 2016 at JR Borja Street near corner Guillermo Street in the Cogon Market area for which he sustained three gunshot wounds, and is currently fighting for his life in a hospital.

The law enforcement agencies of government are now on the trail of the perpetrator/s.

[JEYU, December 30, 2016]


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