TWO months after he was acquitted for the brutal death of a college student almost six years ago, a farmer was found with gunshot wounds in Himamaylan City on Monday, January 17, 2022.

He later died.

Killed was Ricardo Ewayan, 49, of Sitio Bingig, Barangay III in Himamaylan City, who succumbed upon arrival at the local Health Office, city deputy chief Captain Romulo Gepilango said.

Gepilango said the unidentified assailant was wearing a black sando, white shorts and black bullcap, adding that he has a fair complexion, about five feet and five inches in height and in his 40’s.

He said they were informed by concerned citizens about the incident past noon.

Initial investigation conducted from the witnesses disclosed that the victim was hauling his harvested rice.

Upon reaching the hauling area, the assailant came out from a grassy portion of the area and shot Ewayan.

Ewayan tried to run but stumbled on the rice field while he was being chased by the assailant, who shot him again several times.

Gepilango said they do not have the lead yet but he believes that Ewayan’s previous cases had something to do with his killing.

In November 2021, Ewayan was released after his case for the rape slay of Shella Mae Condes, 19, of Fortune Towne, Barangay Estefania, Bacolod City, on May 15, 2019 was dismissed.

He was also charged for the killing of his former employer, Remedios Lardaus, 59, in Santa Mesa, Manila, in 2014 but the court dismissed it for lack of evidence.

While in detention, Ewayan was also stabbed by a fellow inmate inside the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in June 2015.