POLICE are looking into the possibility that the man allegedly circulating fake money and fake shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) was killed by someone or some persons whom he had crossed paths with.

Senior Superintendent Jovito Atanacio, Dumaguete City police chief, said February 7 that the man, whose identity was finally established after a lengthy trace, was believed to be involved in the illegal drugs trade and allegedly circulated fake money as well.

Following coordination with the police in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, the man was identified as Jigger Berot Capin, 40, a resident of Dawis in Carmen, Cebu.

Capin died on the spot Monday evening along the national highway in Dumaguete City after unidentified suspects riddled his body with bullets fired from a caliber .45 pistol.

The Dumaguete police learned that before his death, the victim was accused of violating provisions of Article 168 of the Revised Penal Code for circulating fake money.

He was arrested in Danao City on August 4, 2014 and had posted bail on the same year. After which, he allegedly transferred his activities to Negros Oriental.

Two of the names printed in the “Pera Padala” or courier receipts recovered from his underwear included those of a certain Lani Ondalaga, reportedly his massage therapist, and Julie Caballero, a suspected drug personality in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.

Atanacio has requested the Carmen police station to inform Capin's family or relatives for the proper disposition of his cadaver.

Post mortem examination conducted by the city health officer showed 19 entry and exit wounds in the body of the victim, while 16 empty shells for caliber .45 pistol and several deformed slugs were recovered from the crime scene.

The victim had no wallet and no cellphone, except for six “Moneygram” receipts and three P1,000 bills believed to be fake money placed inside his underwear.

The recovery of three elongated plastic sachets and one small container believed to contain either shabu or “tawas” (alum) inside his backpacks and the fake money, aside from the fact that he did not have identification cards, led investigators to suspect he is into illegal activities.

Atanacio theorized somebody might have come after him for the fake money or for the fake shabu. (PNA)