29-Year-Old Thief and Drug User, Gee Ronan Vernal Oralde, Shot and Killed While Sleeping in Cebu City

Published: February 2, 2024 | Updated: February 2, 2024

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Tragic Incident in Sitio Punyang, Barangay Duljo-Fatima, Cebu City

A 29-year-old man, known in the community for his alleged involvement in criminal activities, was fatally shot while he slept in Sitio Punyang, Barangay Duljo-Fatima, Cebu City. The incident occurred at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2024.

The victim has been identified as 29-year-old Gee Ronan Vernal Oralde, also known as Jordan. A resident of Sitio Puntod, Barangay Mambaling, Oralde succumbed to a gunshot wound in his right armpit.

Unknown Culprit Wears a Mask

The perpetrator, still at large, was reportedly wearing a face mask, making it difficult for witnesses to identify them. Police Major Jonathan Taneo, the chief of Mambaling Police Station, stated that the victim was sleeping on a wooden chair next to a billiard table when the suspect approached and shot him.

Taneo revealed that Oralde had a notorious reputation within the community, being known as a thief who had been in and out of jail. Additionally, his own family acknowledged that he had taken advantage of them.

Allegations of Involvement in Drug Trade

Adding to the victim’s notoriety, according to received police information, Oralde had allegedly participated in drug-related activities, specifically replacing suspected shabu (methamphetamine) with salt. This revelation has caused further outrage among locals.

“Yes, sir, he had a modus like that, and it seems that in addition to that, he had several other cases; as a result, he made a lot of enemies,” said Police Major Jonathan Taneo in a media interview.

Investigation Continues

At the crime scene, authorities recovered a spent shell of a .45 pistol. The investigation into the incident is ongoing, with the police actively working to identify and apprehend the suspect.

Sitio Punyang, Barangay Duljo-Fatima, is a residential area in Cebu City known for its close-knit community. Local authorities are urging anyone with information regarding the incident to come forward and assist in the investigation.

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