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Customs personnel wounded in gun attack inside posh Makati subdivision


By Jel Santos

Two employees of the Bureau of Customs (BOC), both assigned at the Formal Entry Division, were wounded after they were fired upon by four gunmen while they were aboard a car inside a gated subdivision in Makati City Friday night.

Major Gideon Ines Jr., Makati Police investigation Unit chief, identified the victims as Maricon Manalo, 56, officer-in-charge of the BOC Formal Entry Division , and Marietta Lasaca, 60, principal appraiser of the same office. Both are residents of Parañaque City.

Around 9 p.m., Manalo and Lasaca were travelling on Victoria St. in Barangay Magallanes, Makati when their path was cut by another car, a police report said.

Makati’s Investigation Unit chief said four gunmen then went out of the car and pointed their guns at the car driven by Manalo, telling them to get out of the car.

“Despite the order of the gunmen to open their windows, Manalo and Lasaca did not do so,” Ines said.

Because of their resistance, the gunmen reportedly tried to forcibly open the windows. One of then smashed the window near Manalo.

“After the window near Manalo was smashed, she immediately reversed the car to escape from the gunmen trying to gain access inside her vehicle,” he said.

This prompted the gunmen to fire at the vehicle of the Customs employees.

They then sought assistance from personnel manning a barangay outpost, saying they were wounded because of the attack.

Probers said Manalo was hit in the right finger, while Lasaca who got hit in the back. They were rushed to the Makati Medical Center.

Seized from the crime scene were 25 spent shells of various firearms.

Meantime, Cherlene Salazar, an encoder of BOC, who was seated at the back of the car, was unscathed. She is a resident of Pateros.

According to Ines, they were still determining why the victims passed through the gated subdivision of Magallanes.

The victims have not yet given their affidavits to the Makati Police.

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