The killing of an alleged drug group member Wednesday in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental, was suspected by the police to have been drug-related.
Chief Inspector Jake Barila, Hinigaran police chief, yesterday said that the victim, Joey Nillosan, was a remnant of the Ramos Drug Group, who allegedly distributed illegal drugs in Hinigaran, Isabela, Binalbagan and other neighboring areas.
Nillosan, 42, succumbed to a gunshot wound in the head, after he was shot by one of the two motorcycle-riding suspects in front of a motorcycle store at Rizal Street in Brgy. 1 poblacion, Hinigaran, Negros Occidental.
Barila said that they also recovered about 10 grams of suspected shabu worth P120,000 from the motorcycle utility box owned by the victim, which bolstered their initial findings that the killing could be drug-related.
Barila recalled that he arrested Nillosan in 2017 for illegal possession of illegal drugs, that also yielded three .45 caliber pistols. But Nillosan was freed from jail almost eight months later with the dismissal of the charges filed against him court, following the non-appearance of the government prosecutor in the trial of his case, he added.
An empty shell of a .45 caliber pistol was recovered at the crime scene by the police.
On the same day, two motorcycle riding suspects also struck in Hacienda Lourdes, Brgy. Ma-ao, Bago City, and gunned down a tricycle driver.
The victim was identified by the police as Ramon Prado, a 52-year-old laborer
Prado succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds, including a fatal injury in the head, the Bago City police investigation showed.*
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