A 51-YEAR-OLD man was killed by an unidentified assailant in Sitio Sario, Barangay Bulacao yesterday dawn.
Police identified the victim as Dominador Cabaltera, who was involved in illegal drugs.
According to an initial investigation of the Homicide Section, the victim was asleep with his girlfriend in their house at 1:05 a.m.
His 18-year-old girlfriend said the assailant knocked a few times on their door, which they ignored.
A few moments later, the suspect forced open the door and shot the victim several times.
Cabaltera succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds in his body and was already declared dead.
Recovered from the scene were four empty shells of caliber .45, one slug, two deformed slug and one roll of tin foil.
Cebu City Police Director Joel Doria said the police will not tolerate acts of killing in the city.
“We will not allow vigilantism. Let justice prevail. Andito naman ang kapulisan (The police are here),” he said.
This is the 61st death recorded in Central Visayas, either during police operations or in the hands of motorcycle-riding gunmen.
Doria assured the public that the police are intensifying their campaign against illegal drugs and the recent killings of drug users and pushers.
However, he also warned gun owners, licensed or not, to discipline themselves.
“Wag ilagay sa kamay ang batas. Hindi naman tayo nagpapabaya (Don’t put the law into your own hands. We’re not neglecting our duties),” he said.
Ballistic examinations are also being implemented in every crime scene to detect the angle where the suspect shot the victim.
Persons who were caught with unlicensed firearms will be subjected to stricter paraffin examinations to track whether they took part in the recent deaths.
He said that measures have been taken to prevent any more deaths from happening that are not legitimate police operations.
Doria believed that it was not vigilantes but their own drug suppliers who are killing them one by one to cover their tracks from the police.
He added that some of the deaths were isolated and not the doings of vigilantes.
“May iba kasi sa kanila na hindi nagbabayad (Some of them are not paying money for the drugs),” Doria said.