By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
Two of the three passengers of a private van were killed when two motorcycle-riding men peppered their vehicle with bullets while cruising along the southbound lane of EDSA in Mandaluyong City Sunday afternoon.
Senior Supt. Moises Villaceran, Mandaluyong City Police chief, said that businessman Jose Ruiz Yulo, 62; and driver Nomer Allan Santos, 51, died from undetermined number of bullet wounds.
On the other hand, 38-year-old Esmeralda Ignacio is currently undergoing medical treatment at the nearby VRP Medical Center.
Initial investigation revealed that at around 3:08 p.m. Sunday, a white Toyota Hi-Ace with plate number NOS 361 was traversing the southbound lane of EDSA near Reliance Street.
When suddenly, unidentified armed men on motorcycle drove near the van and fired several shots that hit the right side of the vehicle and shattering its windows.
“According to Ignacio, she was seated in a reclining position when she heard the shots and she was unable to see the suspects,” Villaceran told reporters.
Multiple bullets and cartridges were recovered in the scene and it is suspected that the ammunition was from a caliber .45 pistol, Villaceran said.
Meanwhile, the incident caused heavy traffic along the southbound lane of the thoroughfare and occupies two lanes
Investigations are underway.