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3 farmers, driver shot dead: PNP


Three farmers and a habal-habal driver were reported killed Tuesday in Guihulngan City and Santa Catalina in Negros Oriental.

Three unidentified suspects shot and killed a habal-habal driver and a farmer Tuesday morning in Sitio Ilaya, Brgy. Hilaitan, Guihulngan City.

Supt. Mario Baquiran, Guihulngan City police chief, yesterday identified the two victims as Marcos Libre, 29, and a habal-habal driver, and Mario Umandac, 51, a famer. Both were residents of Brgy. Mani-ak of the city.

Baquiran said the two victims, who came from Brgy. Hilaitan, were on their way to Brgy. Mani-ak, on board a motorcycle, when they were flagged down by the three suspects.

The victims, who were shot for no apparent reason by the suspects, died on the spot.

The police, who responded to the scene of incident, that is about 18 kilometers from the población of Guihulngan, recovered nine empty shells, a slug, and a live cartridge of 45 caliber and 9mm pistols.

Baquiran said they are still validating the alleged involvement of the New People’s Army rebels in the killing of the two.

The Rachelle Mae Palang Command (RMPC) also issued a statement condemning the killing of two farmers, also on Tuesday, in Brgy. Nagbinlod, Santa Catalina, allegedly by members of a paramilitary group it called “Dios Uno”.

The victims, 44 and 28 years old, respectively, whose identities are being withheld pending validation by the police, were on their way to attend a court hearing at the town proper, when they were waylaid and shot by five suspects.

Ka Estrella Banagbanag, spokesperson of the NPA South East, said in an issued statement that 13 empty shells of 45 caliber pistol were recovered at the scene of incident.

Banagbanag claimed that “Dios Uno” is a group of armed civilians organized and supported by the Santa Catalina police.*


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