CAMARINES SUR MAYOR IN COMA AFTER SHOOTING
NAGA CITY, OCTOBER 29, 2012 (INQUIRER) By Juan Escandor Jr. Inquirer Southern Luzon - The mayor of a Camarines Sur town was shot in the head by a lone gunman at 3:45 p.m. while at a service center in this city.
Lupi Mayor Raul Matamorosa was rushed to the Mother Seton Hospital, located just a few meters from where he was shot, and was fighting for his life at the intensive care unit, said Senior Police Officer Jose Luis Caparroso.
A radio report said Matamorosa was now on coma after being shot in the back of his head while inside the Sony service center along the Diversion Road of this city.
Caparroso, quoting witnesses, said the gunman fled on foot.
He said it was not clear if the gunman has a companion.
Caparroso said they found a spent bullet of a .45 caliber pistol at the crime scene.
Caparroso said they have yet to determine the motive for the slay attempt and could not say if it was election-related.
Matamorosa, 45, is a member of a Liberal Party. He is not running for reelection but has endorsed the candidacy of his brother Roberto for mayor of the town in the 2013 elections.
[PHOTO -Local mayors flank River Basin officials during the recently-held RE forum. Left to right: Mayor Raul Matamorosa of Lupi, Mayor Ma. Luisa Angeles of Bombon, Asec. Chito Monzon, Presidential Assistant for Bicol, OPAB Dir. Jovie Morata, Mayor Emmanuel Requejo of Canaman, Mayor Veluz of Del Gallego, Mayor Aquino of Ragay.]
FROM GMA NEWS
Camarines Sur mayor shot in the head, in critical condition – report GMA News Online – Sat, Oct 27, 2012.. . .
Lupi town Mayor Leo Raul Matamorosa was shot in the head in Naga City at about 5 p.m., Saturday afternoon, according to a report on Bombo Radyo. His wounds were serious and he is reportedly in a coma.
The mayor's brother Bobby Matamorosa said doctors were trying to revive the mayor. He also said that the mayor had no known enemies.
Lupi town is a 4th class municipality in the western part of Camarines Sur.
Meanwhile, Camarines Sur 2nd district Rep. Diosdado Arroyo referred to Matamorosa as "one of my good friends," and condemned the incident as a "senseless act of violence."
An initial investigation showed the mayor was in his vehicle when at least one gunman approached the vehicle and shot him in the head. According to a SPO1 Caparoso, Matamorosa was about to have his television set fixed at a service center in Naga City.
Police are still trying to determine the motive for the shooting.
Also, the Bombo Radyo report said that the mayor had arranged to have his family join him for dinner Saturday night. — DVM, GMA News
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