Police officer shot dead near Cebu City hotel

Ryan Macasero

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Police officer shot dead near Cebu City hotel
Yape was alive when paramedics arrived on the scene but he reportedly died from the bullet wounds. This is the second shooting in Cebu City within a span of 3 hours.

CEBU CITY, Philippines – An police officer was shot dead while off duty near the Wellcome Hotel at around 5:45 pm on Thursday, November 21.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Joie Yape, 49, who is currently assigned in Samar province – was walking with his wife from the Wellcome Hotel to the nearby Ayala Center in Cebu when he was shot 3 times by men riding-in-tandem on a motorcycle.

Police recovered 3 shell casings from a .45 caliber pistol.

Members of the barangay tanod were first to arrive at the scene and immediately called police and emergency responders.

Yape was still breathing, but in critical condition, when paramedics arrived. He was rushed to the hospital.

Yape was pronounced dead at the hospital later in the evening, according to a report in Cebu Daily News.

Yape was previously the head of Cebu province’s Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) before he became chief of the Calbayog City’s intelligence unit.

This is the second shooting in Cebu City within a span of 3 hours. At around 3:00 pm, Norbert Castaño was shot dead in the doorway of a house he was visiting in Barangay Carreta. (READ: 33-year-old man shot dead in Cebu City)  – Rappler.com

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Ryan Macasero

Ryan covers social welfare for Rappler. He started at Rappler as social media producer in 2013, and later took on various roles for the company: editor for the #BalikBayan section, correspondent in Cebu, and general assignments reporter in the Visayas region. He graduated from California State University, East Bay, with a degree in international studies and a minor in political science. Outside of work, Ryan performs spoken word poetry and loves attending local music gigs. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmacasero or drop him leads for stories at ryan.macasero@rappler.com