BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
The suspect in the shooting incident in Libacao, Aklan surrendered to the police before midnight on Tuesday.
Jonathan Felix, 21, barangay kagawad of Hilwan, Tapaz, Capiz, was positively pinpointed by 21-year old Jay-R Agudez, 21 of Barangay Manika, Libacao, Aklan.
The former allegedly shoot him with a 12-gauge shotgun while he was standing near the peryahan on November 24 at around 9:30 p.m.
The peryahan is located near the Aklan riverbank in Barangay Poblacion, Libacao, Aklan. The town celebrated its religious and municipal fiesta last November 25 in honor of patron saint, Catherine of Alexandria.
Police Inspector Leomindo Tayopon, chief of police of Tapaz, Capiz, said the suspect surrendered to him after the Tapaz police assured his safety.
At 11 p.m. Tuesday, joint elements of Tapaz police station and the Philippine Army met Felix along the national highway of Banga, Aklan.
"Felix was alone when he surrendered to the police. May dalang siyang knapsack na may mga damit.. Naglakad siya mula Libacao papuntang Banga. Nagtatago ang suspek, lalo na pag may dumadaan na sasakyan," the police official said.
"Mga 10 a.m. siya ng Martes nakipag-usap sa amin sa tulong ng kapitan ng barangay Hilwan, Tapaz, Capiz. Tumulong din ang Philippine Army natin para masecure ang safety niya," Tayopon
Police recovered no firearms from Felix when he surrendered. He was presented to Capiz police provincial director Senior Superintendent Ulysses Caton at the Capiz Police Provincial Office in Roxas City early Wednesday morning.
Felix will be turned over to Aklan Police Provincial Office and to the Libacao police to face the charges against him, according to Libacao vice mayor Charito Navarosa.
Acting Aklan police director Iver Apellido said Felix is the lone suspect of the shooting incident that left two minors dead and six people wounded, including Agudez, who had severe chest and stomach injuries.
"As of now, wala pang ibang suspects," he said in a text message.
Other victims were identified as Hilda Nalangan, Kaycee Apolinario, Cleary Javier, John Patrick Salazar and Ariel Idala.
They were hit by stray bullets at the time of the shooting incident. They are presently treated at Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital in Kalibo, Aklan for injuries.