By Jinky Lou Tabor
Virac, Catanduanes — A well-known businessman who ran as mayor in this town last election was attacked by a gunman in his office yesterday morning, leaving him in critical condition due to a bullet wound in the head, police said.
Homicide investigators said Larry Que, 54, owner of Liberty Insurance Company and a number of other businesses in the town, was about to enter his building when a gunman wearing a helmet and raincoat approached him and shot him in the head at close range.
An off-duty policewoman, Police Officer 3 Ma. Teresa M. Reyes, witnessed the shooting as she had just been with Que to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) located near the Liberty office.
PO3 Reyes, who was in civilian clothes, said she and Que went together to the LTO as they both had transactions with LTO.
When they returned to the Liberty office riding in Que’s car, it was the businessman who first went out of the car and walked over to the building’s entrance where he was shot by the gunman.
The assailant immediately fled the scene aboard a motorcycle driven by his cohort, police said.
At the Capitol, Board Member Joseph Al Randie B. Wong was one of the first officials to condemn the attack on Que, who was rushed to the Eastern Bicol Medical Center.
A brother of Que said the family plans to have him airlifted to a different hospital once his condition stabilizes.
Que had been the subject of comments circulating on social media recently since a photo of him and businessman Marcelo Uy – “888” plasticsware retailer – surfaced after the discovery of a suspected “shabu” laboratory in Barangay Palta Small, here, last November 26.
Many of the comments in social media sites said that Que – with his vast connections in business and politics – supposedly had a lot information about the uncovered shabu laboratory’s operations.
His photo with Marcelo Uy elicited a lot of speculations on social media since the plasticware stored in the raided warehouse – allegedly operated as a shabu laboratory by suspect Jayson Uy – were being delivered to Marcelo Uy’s retail shop.