CAMP BGEN OSCAR M FLORENDO – The mayor of Sudipen, La Union, his police bodyguard and driver were killed in a shooting incident that happened along Bangar-Castro Provincial road, Barangay Cadapli on October 1, 2018 at 6:40 in the evening.
Police Senior Superintendent Herminio S Tadeo Jr, PRO1 Officer In-Charge, identified the victims as Alexander Oliva Buquing, Municipal Mayor of Sudipen and his wife Wendy Joy Dingayan Buquing, Municipal Vice-Mayor of same municipality, Boni Bacate Depdepen, driver, all residents of Brgy Castro, Sudipen, La Union and PO2 Rolando Juanbe y Cayat PNP member assigned at Sudipen Police Station, La Union.
PSSupt Tadeo said that while the Toyota Hi-Lux driven by Boni Depdepen was traversing eastward, unidentified suspects on board a color white pick-up with unknown plate number and coming from behind fired shots at the victims’ vehicle until the vehicle swerved and rested at the road canal.
As a result, all victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds on the different parts of their bodies. Mayor Alexander Buquing and PO2 Juanbe were rushed to the Ilocos Sur District Hospital, Tagudin for treatment but were pronounced dead on arrival.
Depdepen and Vice Mayor Buquing were brought to Lorma Medical Center, San Fernando City, La Union but Boni Depdepen was also pronounced dead on arrival. Vice-Mayor Buquing is presently confined in the hospital for medical treatment.
PSSupt Tadeo instructed Bangar Police Station to maximize their efforts to solve the case immediately and identify the suspects and the owner of the vehicle used in the killing.
A Special Investigation Task Group headed by PSSupt Ricardo G Layug Jr., Provincial Director, La Union PPO and being supervised by PSSupt Adolfo Samala, Deputy Regional Director for operations, was created and activated to facilitate the speedy resolution of the said case. (PR – PNP PRO1 PIO)