Cebu City village chief escapes murder try

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

THE bloodstained shoe of Froilan Orlanez, who was hit in the foot, is left at the spot where he and neighbor Charles Garces (right) fell off their motorcycle. The two were arrested after they allegedly tried to kill Babag Barangay Captain Cesar Dolorito, who was having lunch with bodyguards along Don Gil Garcia St., Cebu City. The two said they were reportedly hired by a certain Michael to kill Dolorito. (Sun.Star Fotos/Allan defensor)

BABAG Barangay Captain Cesar Dolorito escaped death during a shootout carried out yesterday afternoon by three men who were hired to kill him for allegedly owing somebody P6 million.

Dolorito, who is also into real estate, was having lunch with his bodyguards on Don Gil Garcia St., Cebu City when three men on separate motorcycles opened fire.


A certain Michael rode one motorcycle alone while the other had Charles Garces and Froilan Orlanez, both residents of Barangay Tinago, Cebu City, as passengers.

Chief Insp. Wildemar Tiu, Cebu City Police Station 2, Michael first shot at Dolorito but his gun reportedly malfunctioned. He ran away.

Orlanez also opened fire but missed Dolorito. One of the victim’s bodyguards, however, managed to hit Orlanez in his left foot. As a result, Orlanez had difficulty maneuvering the motorcycle until it hit a parked vehicle and he and Garces fell on the road.

Perfect timing

A team of policemen on board their patrol car passed by the area and noticed the commotion. They arrested immediately Garces and Orlanez.

Seized from the suspects were a .45 pistol with three bullets, an empty shell, identification card and a wallet containing an image of Jesus Christ.

Police also confiscated Garces’s cellular phone, which still has the messages coming from a certain Terol. Written in one of the messages was the license plate of the black Ford Ranger used by Dolorito.

‘Kill him’

Largohe f pwd, bro (Kill him if you can, bro),” read Terol’s last message to Garces.

Dolorito, who has hired bodyguards after receiving death threats last January 29, said he believes the incident has nothing to do with his being involved in politics.

Garces, a former member of a church choir and of the Cebu Provincial Government’s demolition team, admitted pulling the trigger.

Garces said he accepted the P50,000-offer to become part of the group that would kill Dolorito out of necessity.

“I gave it a shot because of difficulties. My wife is about to give birth to our second child,” he said.

Tinago Barangay Captain Joel Garganera confirmed that Garces and Orlanez are his constituents.

Garces is now detained while waiting for charges to be filed against him. Orlanez, on the other hand, is under hospital arrest at the Cebu City Memorial Medical Center.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 26, 2015.

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