TROUBLE IN PARADISE | Shooting rampage in Boracay alarm islanders
The online news portal of TV5
ILOILO CITY - The peaceful-loving islanders particularly in Sitio Balinghay, Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island expressed alarm over warring security guards from two security agencies that traded bullets and turned the paradise island into a virtual "wild wild west" Monday.
In a long distance call, Boracay Tourist Assistance Center (BTAC) on-duty desk officer Police Officer 1 Juno Gregorio said the shooting incident happened 10 minutes before noontime Monday.
He said no less than Boracay chief of police Senior Inspector Joeffer Cabural who proceeded to the area along with his men to conduct an investigation on the shooting rampage involving security guards from the Alpha Security Agency and Golden Eye Security who were fielded to watch the disputed land claim in the area.
PO1 Gregorio said the Boracay PNP led by S/Insp. Cabural disarmed the 16 security guards involved in the shooting incident to ease tension.
Confiscated firearms included five 9mm pistols and five 12-gauge shotguns.
Fortunately, he said, the exchange of gunfire between the warring blue guards that lasted for almost half an hour left no fatalities or injuries.
Report said the shooting rampage erupted after one of the claimants, whom the police declined to identify, constructed the perimeter fence in the disputed land.
BTAC has yet to determine the action or criminal liability to be taken against the blue guards involved even as a thorough investigation on the shooting incident is ongoing which might adversely affect the peaceful atmosphere in the world renowned island paradise of Boracay off Malay, Aklan.