CAGAYAN DE ORO

Drug trade linked to laborer's death

INVESTIGATORS said Thursday, July 25, that the killing of a construction worker in Macanhan, Carmen on Tuesday, July 23, was related to his alleged involvement in illegal drug trade.

Police Major Ian Borinaga, Police Station 4 chief, said authorities already have a person of interest who may have a hand in the killing of Mark Anthony Romero.

Romero was brought to the hospital after he was shot in the head. He died the following day due to severe head injury.

Borinaga said they will still validate if the victim was involved in illegal drug activities.

"We received information nga bag-o lang ni siya nagdula sa illegal drugs busa mao ni atong gitutokan ug gi-validate karon," Borinaga said.

Borinaga said the male person of interest was the friend of the victim.

He said murder charges will be filed in court once investigators obtained concrete evidence to link the victim's friend in the killing.

"Giadtoan sa atong POI ang biktima sa ilang balay kay anang 2 a.m. kay iya daw ubanon. Ang naka witness ani ang iyang live-in partner," Borinaga said.

"Silang duha ang nag-uban before nahitabo ang insidente," he added.

Borinaga said investigators received reports that the POI is involved in the illegal drug activities.

He also said the victim was previously arrested in Barangay Bulua for illegal gambling.


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