03-30-2008, 03:29 AM
* * *WE call on the local officials of Liloan, Cebu led by Mayor Vincent Franco Frasco and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to exhaust all efforts to nail and bring to justice the killers of University of the Visayas player Lucky Pitogo last Friday.* The 6'3" 19-year old Pitogo was shot while riding his bicycle by a motorcycle-riding gang who tried to snatch his cellular phone!


03-30-2008, 07:35 AM
Basketball player killed in rob try (http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Local%20News&p=52&type=2&sec=70&aid=20080329174)
Sunday, March 30, 2008
The Freeman

A player of the University of the Visayas Green Lancers is added to the list of senseless death of victims of robberies after he was shot dead while biking around his neighborhood in barangay San Vicente, Liloan town last Friday evening.

Liloan police investigator SPO1 Dennis Malinao identified the victim as 19-year-old Lucky Mantohac Pitogo.

Pitogo suffered a single gunshot wound on his forehead and was declared dead on arrival at the Chong Hua Hospital.

Police said three unidentified men tried to rob the victim but failed and killed him instead. The assailants made their escape towards barangay Lamac in Consolacion town onboard a red motorcycle without plate number.

Malinao, in an interview with The FREEMAN, said that Pitogo was with his 16-year-old cousin biking around the place. While onboard his bike, he was reportedly tinkering with his mobile phone.

The robbers onboard the motorcycle reportedly overtook him, but stopped ahead. The two backriders alighted and as the victim came closer blocked his way and poked a gun at him, then grabbed his cell phone.

Pitogo tried to fight back but he was gunned down. The robbers boarded back to the motorcycle and sped off.

Malinao said the robbers failed to take Pitogo’s cell phone with camera estimated to be worth P10,000.

The victim was immediately rushed to the Chong Hua Hospital, but he was declared dead on arrival there.

“Gilayog man ni siya, unya kay dako man siya nisukol mao tong gipusil,” Malinao said.

Pitogo is six feet and three inches tall.

Malinao also said that the area is far from the main highway and poorly lighted giving chances for robbers to strike.

Town police patrol, according to Malinao, is concentrated in areas near the national highway where several people usually wait for a bus ride.

UV Green Lancer coach Elmer Cabahug, in an interview with The FREEMAN, said Pitogo joined the practice earlier that day and was observed to be “in the mood of playing basketball.”

The victim even joked he wanted to pour everything in the game to impress Cabahug, but they never thought that it would be his last with the team.

“He was a big loss to our campaign,” Cabahug said referring to the upcoming CESAFI tournament.

Pitogo’s family will be receiving financial assistance from the school through their team manager Gerard Anthony “Didi” Gullas, Cabahug said.

Pitogo’s body was taken to the Saint Francis Chapel here in the city. — Edwin Ian Melecio with Gabby Malagar/MEEV

03-30-2008, 07:39 AM
Phone robbers end another teen's dreams (http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/ceb/2008/03/30/news/phone.robbers.end.another.teen.s.dreams.html)
Sunday, March 30, 2008
By Mia E. Abellana
Sun.Star Staff Reporter

FOLLOWING the death of graduating nursing student Ruby Jade Ruba, a college varsity player who had hopes of joining the professionals in the Philippine Basketball Association was shot in the head Friday night as he was about to go to practice.

Lucky Mantohan Pitogo, 19, was riding his bicycle in Barangay San Vicente, Liloan town when three men on a red motorcycle approached him and shot him.

Police are looking into the possibility that the three were robbers and were after Lucky’s Nokia N80 cellular phone.

But because the cell phone was under Pitogo’s body, they failed to get to it.

Pitogo and his friend Federico Cabasan were on their way to Barangay Yati to meet with his teammates in the barangay basketball league.

On the way, Lucky would reportedly slow down to reply to the text messages he got.

Cabasan recalled that he even told Lucky to hurry up but Pitogo told him to go ahead because he was still sending his replies.

As Cabasan reached the perimeter of the Arellano Memorial High School, he noticed three men on a red motorcycle. The two passengers reportedly disembarked.

As he drove on ahead, he heard a gunshot.

When he turned around, Lucky was already down on the ground, with a single gunshot wound on his head and his blood trailing down the road.

Two men quickly boarded the motorcycle and the third man drove off towards the inner road of San Vicente.

Residents alerted Lucky’s family until they got a vehicle to bring him to the hospital.

Laurice, his younger sister, said they tried hailing a taxicab but the driver did not stop. He was rushed to the Chong Hua Hospital.

Lucky’s sister Lanie said the doctors did all they could but he was declared dead.

It was not the first time that Lucky lost his cellular phone to thieves.

He once lost his bag in a university gym while motorcycle-riding men also snatched his cellular phone sometime in August last year.

This is why many believe that on Thursday, he fought it out with two of the robbers, thinking that because he was well-built, he could easily fend them off.

Asked if he had any enemies, the Pitogos said he did not.

However, his sister Laurice said there could be others who were envious of her brother’s talents.

SPO4 Florencio Apuado admitted that they still had to zero in on the identities of the three.

None of the witnesses could see clearly because the area was dark. No one also noticed if the red motorcycle had a license plate.

Police are looking into the possibility that the perpetrators were not from Liloan town.

Last week, someone also lost a cellular phone in the area.

The perpetrators also used a red motorcycle and there were three of them.

Lucky’s family hopes the police will be able to identify the perpetrators soon. His tearful sister Lanie said there was no need to kill her brother and they could have taken the phone.

“Ug kibaw pa lang sila unsa katarong nga tawo ilang gipatay...ug duna unta sila’y konsensya...(I wish they knew they killed a good man. I wish they had let their conscience stop them),” Lanie lamented.

03-30-2008, 07:44 AM
Lucky's loved ones lose him over phone (http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/ceb/2008/03/30/news/lucky.s.loved.ones.lose.him.over.phone.html)
Sunday, March 30, 2008

STANDING 6’3” tall, Lucky Pitogo had the build of a basketball player.

His father Mesio always knew his son would do well in the sport and encouraged him to play.

In 2005, Lucky was awarded Rookie of the Year by the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi). His sports medals hung around the trophy, proudly displayed in the Pitogos’ living room.

As the center of the UV Green Lancers, Lucky was often out of the house practicing for their next game. His team was also preparing for a game that would be held in Manila in a few weeks.

He first took up an engineering course. But because of the demands of the game, Lucky felt he could not keep up and shifted to customs administration.

With five top players of the team graduating, Mesio had no doubt it was his son’s turn to shine in the next semester.

His dreams were shattered when he saw his son’s slumped body on a dark street of Barangay San Vicente, Liloan.

“Natulala ko. Pagkakita lang gyud nako sa dugo, nakaingon na gyud ko nga wa na (I was stunned. When I saw the blood, I knew he was gone),” Mesio told a Sun.Star Cebu team yesterday.

The only son, Lucky was also held dear by his two sisters Lanie and Laurice.

Lanie, 22, said that the three of them ate pancit on Thursday night after his practice and that they stayed up until dawn just talking.

“Grabe kaayo ming tulo nagbonding ato. Mao na diay to iyang panamilit (We bonded. I had no idea it was his way of saying goodbye),” Lanie said.

Laurice, 17, for her part, said her brother loved to joke around. She added that he was never stingy and shared whatever he had with them and his friends.

Laurice said her brother was very popular that he always knew someone wherever they went. Texting was a favorite pastime of Lucky as he often bugged Laurice to give him more textmates.

His friends in San Vicente called him “Bosing”.

Mesio recalled that Lucky almost always attended all team practices and was a dedicated player.

“Bisag uwan pa, mutunga gyud to ug practice (Even when it rained, he showed up for practice),” Mesio said.

He does not believe his son had enemies because he kept cool during the game and did not get into fights with other players. (MEA)

03-30-2008, 09:59 AM
This is just ridiculous, I even read some weeks back that a graduating nursing student there was killed with the same scenario by robbers.

Sayang lang ang mga pangarap ng mga ito.

03-30-2008, 10:22 AM
This is the 3rd known incident in Metro Cebu in a span of 1 month, wake up PNP! Bring those criminals to jail!

03-30-2008, 08:32 PM
If nothing is done about these senseless killings, then we would soon see Cebu's version of the DDS.

03-30-2008, 10:00 PM
'Malas ng mga kup@loid na killers na iyan, at kilala ang napatay nila. Malamang sila rin, bilang na araw nila sa labas ng kulungan.'

ankle breaker
04-01-2008, 12:32 AM
another life is wasted because of this senseless killings. i think banning the selling of cellular phones will stop this. PNP can't stop it. we will shift to wireless phone where we can still send txt messages and call our love ones.

04-01-2008, 09:53 AM
Banning cellphones would be like tolerating the act of robbery because in effect we are saying to robbers "ok lang magnakaw if dinidisplay ung phone". We are entitled to own a phone especially if we worked hard for the means to buy it legitimately, nobody has the right to take away what is rightfully yours.

04-06-2008, 05:55 AM
Cabahug: Pitogo was to be one of our best (http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/ceb/2008/04/06/sports/cabahug.pitogo.was.to.be.one.of.our.best.html)
Sunday, April 06, 2008
By Marian C. Baring
Sun.Star Staff Reporter

JUST as he was about to make a name in local basketball, his career was doused by an untimely and brutal end.

Jessie “Lucky” Pitogo was the very first basketball player from Lilo-an who made it into the powerhouse University of the Visayas Green Lancers lineup—considered the most elite collegiate basketball team in Cebu.

As a rookie, he never had a chance to know that there were people, especially those from Lilo-an, who go to games to watch him play, cheer for him and were silently beaming with pride that a fellow Lilo-an resident was out there living his dream. But Lucky never had the chance to see how bright his star would have been.

Last Friday, these bevy of supporters filled the Kai Sports Complex in Lilo-an during a UV charity game for Pitogo, where the current UV Green Lancers won 87-85 in a game-deciding slam dunk by 6-foot-11 behemoth Greg Slaughter in the last two seconds.

“It was overwhelming because the complex was filled up,” Cabahug said.

“I know he was set to become one of the best we have. We had so many things planned out for him. He will leave a huge hole in the team. He will be sorely missed,” said UV head coach Elmer “Boy” Cabahug.

The 6-foot-3 Pitogo, who was only 19 years old, had trained with the UV college team for two years and was geared to replace the outgoing big men of UV—Rino Berami, Ariel Mepaña and Michael Luga—who graduated last season.

Unfortunately, however, Lucky, did not have a chance to see these. He was stripped off all the chances when he was shot in the head in what seemed to be a botched hold up, just a stone’s throw away from his home in Lilo-an.

The charity game, held for the sake of Pitogo’s family, was able to raise more than P6,000. The game was for free. Cabahug said they just put a box at the entrance and anyone can drop any amount to help out Pitogo’s family.

“I have confirmed that he is the pride in this part of Cebu because I had not expected this kind of response from them. The people here are really following his career,” Cabahug said.

Cabahug said that he learned from the nightly vigils that he and the rest of the team attend that a lot of boys from Pitogo’s neighborhood looked up to him.

“There are so many young boys who idolize him. I talked to them and they said that they see him jog every morning. Pitogo has been an inspiration for them. How often do you see someone you play with in the inter-barangay making it to a collegiate team?” Cabahug said.

Cabahug, however, said that they will continue to cry for justice. “We may need to move on but we are definitely still waiting for justice to be served. We want those culprits jailed,” Cabahug said.

Pitogo will be laid to rest today, the last time his family and his fans will see him. Mass is set at 1 p.m. and he will be laid to rest at the public cemetery.

04-07-2008, 06:33 AM
Green Lancers, Cebu sports bid farewell to fallen comrade (http://sports.inquirer.net/cdnsports/cdnsports/view/20080406-128725/Green-Lancers-Cebu-sports-bid-farewell-to-fallen-comrade)
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 09:33:00 04/06/2008

IT WAS as much a celebration of the life of slain University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancer Jessie “Lucky” Pitogo as an abhorrence for the senseless killing that took his life one week ago current and former UV stars gathered to play Friday evening in an emotional charity game at the Kai Sports Complex in Liloan.

The game, aimed to raise funds for his family, saw the current crop of Lancers prevail, 87-85, courtesy of a game-deciding slam dunk by 6-foot-11 behemoth Greg Slaughter with two seconds remaining.

The win was merely an afterthought as the seven-time Cesafi champions bid their final farewell today, when Pitogo is finally laid to rest.

The 19-year-old, 6-foot-3 Pitogo had high hopes for the upcoming Cesafi season especially with the graduation of five of the team’s big men.

He would have finally showed his skills that made him the league’s Rookie of the Year in 2005.

Those dreams however, were shattered when three men ganged up on him last March 28, and shot him dead in an apparent hold-up, a 100 meters away from his home in Brgy. San Vicente, Liloan. The initial shock has given way to acceptance for his teammates as they try to move on without him.

However, the Lancers want justice for their fallen comrade.

“Mao ra jud na among gipangayo ug gihulat,” said UV point guard and Pitogo’s close friend Von Lanete. Correspondent Jonas Panerio

ankle breaker
06-03-2008, 10:24 PM
did the police able to catch the robbers who killed lucky?

08-15-2008, 09:38 AM
whatever happened to this case now?

The Lancers for this season is wearing a number 8 patch on the upper right portion of their jerseys in honor of their fallen comrade

ankle breaker
08-15-2008, 11:37 PM
i think there were 3 robbers arrested in liloan a couple of months back that are linked to lucky's murder. it was said to be that those arrested where the notorious robbers victimizing people in the consolacion-liloan-compostela-danao area. in fact they were tagged in other robber related killings in compostela, liloan and danao. other victims were a mitsumi employee & gaisano employee in danao as well as a call center agent from liloan. let's just hope they were the culprits.