Police eye personal grudge in killing of pastor inside his chapel in CDO

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY(MindaNews/ 31 August) – Police are looking at personal grudge as the possible motive in the fatal shooting of a pastor inside his chapel in upper Barangay Carmen here Thursday night.

The victim was identified as Pastor Orlando Dalumos, 51.

Police Insp. Ismael Virgil Gondaya, of the Carmen police precinct, said the pastor’s wife, Isabel, was able to identify the alleged gunman who killed the victim inside the Solid Rock Scion Church at Zone 12-B in Upper Carmen.

The victim died from the bullets he sustained on the head and breast, according to Gondaya.

“We found four spent nine-millimeter shells and two nine-millimeter bullets from the crime scene,” Gondaya said.

Gondaya said the pastor’s wife identified the alleged gunman as William Balaba, a neighbor.

The police official said Isabel narrated to the police that the suspect arrived at around 8:40 p.m. Thursday, seeking her husband for some advise.

Not knowing his real intention, Gondaya said Isabel guided the suspect inside the chapel where the victim was praying. (Froilan Gallardo/MindaNews)