By RUEL PELONE, Managing Editor
CAGAYAN de Oro City–A businessman turned himself in to authorities yesterday morning after he reportedly held a Catholic priest for a few hours in a church in Naawan town in Misamis Oriental.
Lovernton Ruedas surrendered around 12 noon Wednesday to Sr. Insp. Dexter Ceniza, chief of Police Station 2 in Iligan City.
Prior to the incident, the suspect reportedly went to see the chief of police of Naawan Police Station Sr. Insp. Jay Francis Serrano Estigoy in regard to the case of his cousin, a certain Millerton.
Ruedas said his cousin went on hiding in Bukidnon.
When inside the police station, the reports said Estigoy noticed that Ruedas had a gun, thus he took his service firearm where the alleged shootout between him and the suspect ensued. But Ruedas managed to run toward the Convent where he took refuge.
Residents told a local radio station that they have heard the guns rang out.
Naawan town parish priest, Rev. Fr. Roniedon P. Valmoria told Magnum radio, a local radio station, that Ruedas, a guitarist and a choir member of his parish, merely sought for his help contrary to reports that he was held hostage.
“Walay hostage nga nahitabo,” Valmoria told a local radio program anchored by Joel Jacobo of Magnum radio.
“Nag estorya ra mi, nagpatabang siya,” the priest added.
“Related man sa droga kay nalooy siya sa iyang ig-agaw kay gipangita sa pulis ug nagtago-tago mao nga makig-estorya unta siya sa hepe,” said Valmoria apparently referring to Estigoy.
According to his uncle, Ruedas owned an appliance store engaged in selling musical instruments located in nearby Manticao town, also in Misamis Oriental.
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