Security agency exec gunned down in GenSan

Security agency exec gunned down in GenSan

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Unidentified gunmen shot dead the head of a security agency owned by media network Brigada Group of Companies in a village here on Wednesday night, the second victim from the company in six days.

Capt. Abdulsalam Mamalinta, acting chief of the city’s Police Station 4, identified the victim as Demar Santos, 37, the manager of Brigada Group’s subsidiary Global Dynamic Star Security Agency.

He said Santos was driving his pickup past 6 p.m. Wednesday in Purok 5 Tagumpay Intake, Barangay Mabuhay when gunned down by assailants.

The investigation is ongoing as to the motive and the possible suspects, he said in his report on Thursday to Col. Gilberto Tuzon, the city police director.

The incident happened less than a week after Brigada Group’s executive office director and chief of staff Yentez Quintoy, 39, was shot dead by motorcycle-riding gunmen while on her way home aboard her vehicle in Barangay San Isidro here on June 4.

Police announced last Monday the arrest of Global Dynamic’s administrative officer Ralph Gerald Sorabia, 27, who was tagged as the gunman in the Quintoy murder.

Elmer Catulpos, Brigada Group president and chief executive officer, condemned Santos’ killing, which he described as an “ambush”.

“(Santos) was a father who had dreams for his children, his life cut short that easy by those criminals,” he said in a statement.

He said the latest incident happened as they were still reeling from Quintoy’s murder last week, which was pinned on another company employee.

Catulpos assured that Brigada will fully cooperate with the investigation and assist authorities in ensuring their swift resolution.

He said they remain undeterred despite the situation and reiterated that there will be no changes with the company’s resolve to provide quality services to the people.

The Brigada Group is the mother company of the homegrown Brigada Mass Media Corporation, which operates a television station here as well as a network of newspapers in Mindanao and radio stations in parts of the country. (PNA

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