A SUSPECTED drug lord was shot dead while his common-law wife was wounded in an ambush in Sitio Banko, Barangay Valencia, Carcar City around 1 p.m. Friday.
Police identified the casualty as Merlito Lastima Saducas, who was in his 50s, and wounded is Angeline Cabigas, 30.
Carcar City Police Chief Jose Liddawa Jr. said the motive behind the attack could be Saducas’s alleged involvement in drug trafficking.
Saducas, who was released on parole last year from the National Bilibid Prison, possibly owed a big amount of “shabu” to his supplier and failed to pay it on time, resulting to his death.
The other motive could be robbery. The gunmen took jewelry and cash amounting to P30,000 from the victims.
Liddawa said that it was possible the culprits made it look like robbery to deflect the police’s attention on the alleged illegal activities of Saducas, who had been listed as the number one high-value target in the city.
According to investigation, Saducas, who was known as Etot, was driving a motorcycle with Cabigas as his passenger. They were on their way to the city proper. They failed to notice two men on a motorcycle tailing them.
A few meters from their house, the gunmen shot the victims.
Saducas was hit in the head and face, while Cabigas was also hit in the head and chest. They were rushed to the city hospital. Saducas was declared dead, while Cabigas was referred to a private hospital for further treatment.
Neighbors failed to see the faces of the gunmen. Police recovered three empty shells of a .45 pistol in the scene.
Story has been corrected to show Angeline Cabigas was only wounded in the ambush and not dead as earlier reported.
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on September 09, 2017.
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