MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) dismissed suspicions of foul play in the death of restaurateur Victor Vincent “Vicvic” Villavicencio, who died of a gunshot wound inside his San Juan City residence.
Villavicencio’s family earlier said the 67-year-old businessman died of cardiac arrest.
On Saturday, May 4, Eastern Police District (EPD) director Brigadier General Christopher Tambungan said Villavicencio accidentally pulled his caliber .9mm pistol’s trigger while he was cleaning the gun.
Tambungan said that on Monday, April 29, the victim was talking to his son, Victor Sixto Jose, and at the same time cleaning his pistol. The victim then proceeded to the bathroom. At around 9:30 am, his gun reportedly went off.
Tambungan said Villavicencio’s son tested negative in a paraffin test. The father tested positive.
The younger Villavicencio was visiting his father when the accident happened, a police report said.
Recounting the incident to investigators, the son said he heard a gunshot while the businessman was inside the bathroom. He later found his father unconscious on the floor.
The restaurateur’s son reportedly called their helpers to rush his father to the hospital. Villavicencio was declared dead on arrival.
The firm of the elder Villavicencio – who entered the food business in 1977 – is behind Dad’s World Buffet, Saisaki, Sambo Kojin, Ogetsu Hime, and Number 1 Barbeques. – Rappler.com
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