Ex-mayor killed in hospital

STILL unidentified gunmen barged inside a private hospital in Medellin, Cebu and shot dead a former mayor who is under hospital arrest for illegal possession of firearms on Tuesday night, the Police Regional Office 7 said yesterday.

Around 15 armed suspects were believed to be involved in the killing of 55-year-old former Medellin Mayor Ricardo Ramirez, police said.

An initial investigation showed that Ramirez was shot dead right inside the Bogo-Medellin Corporation Medical Center in Barangay Luy-a in Medellin around 11:50 p.m. Tuesday.

Witnesses said that the gunmen fled on board four vehicles after the daring attack.

PRO7 director, Brigadier General Debold M. Sinas said he has ordered a thorough investigation into the incident and a massive hunt for the killers.

The investigation will focus on how the gunmen managed to squeeze their way into the hospital and kill the victim who was supposed to be guarded by jail authorities.

The former mayor was arrested in 2017 for violation of Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulations Act of 2013.Before he was killed, Ramirez was under the custody of the Medellin District Jail.

On February 20, 2017, several contrabands were found in the hospital room of Ramirez, then already a town councilor  who was placed under hospital arrest a year after he was arrested for illegal possession of firearms and assorted ammunition.

Combined agents of the Cebu Police Provincial Office and the Philippine Dug Enforcement Agency found the contraband during a surprise inspection at Ramirez’s hospital room as part of their ‘greyhound operation’ at the facility.

The inspection yielded liquors, cigarettes, assorted cellphone accessories, wireless chargers, playing cards and a portable speaker.