A CALL center agent was shot dead in Sitio Colveta, Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City past 6 p.m. Thursday, May 25, 2023.

Police identified the victim as Redjie Kyle Nacar Barquero, 28, a resident of Barangay Dumlog, Talisay City.

According to Police Major Bethoven Taneo, chief of Mambaling Police Station, that while the victim was riding an electric passenger bicycle or e-trike from the house of his in-laws in Alumnos to Tabada Market, where he was supposed to ride a taxi going to his workplace, two persons arrived and shot him in the head and body.

The attackers fled toward Sitio Colveta and were apprehended by the police in a follow-up operation.

Taneo refused, however, to name them pending an ongoing investigation.

“Dili lang sa namo nganlan sir kay ongoing pa among imbestigasyon. Nakuha na nato ang armas nga posibling maoy gigamit sa pag pusil aning biktima,” he said.

(We won’t mention their names yet sir, since our investigation is still ongoing. However, we have already recovered the gun that was allegedly used in the shooting.)

The police official believed that the incident had something to do with the victim’s illicit activities because he was charged with multiple offenses, including illegal possession of drugs and firearms, estafa and frustrated homicide.

In fact, he had a pending warrant of arrest that was supposed to be served against him.

The police are considering two angles in their investigation: illegal drugs and personal grudge. (AYB/TPT)