A BARANGAY official was killed while his wife and son were wounded when unidentified gunmen shot them inside their house in Napo, Carcar City last Wednesday night.

Napo Councilman Mario Labra, 58, was declared dead on arrival at the city’s public hospital. Mario was a former municipal councilor and Napo barangay captain.

His wife Geronima, 55, was hit in the left arm, while their son Clayborn, 24, shot in the leg.

Cebu Provincial Police Office Director Senior Supt. Jose Macanas instructed his men to conduct a thorough investigation to determine the motive of the shooting.

Carcar City Police Station investigators are not discounting the possibility that it was drug-related.

Mario was first councilor and he reportedly planned to run for barangay captain again in October.

There were no witnesses, except for Geronima and Clayborn.

Last July 31, operatives of Regional Special Operations Group (Rsog) arrested the Labras’ other son Godfrey, a suspected drug pusher, in the parking lot of a mall in Carcar City.

Threats to his life

When he was still alive, Mario was interviewed by radio dySS and he revealed that there were persons who wanted to kill him. His enemies had accused him of being involved in the illegal drug trade.

Mario, however, had denied the allegation and said he was tough on pushers in the barangay.

Before the incident happened around 9:30 p.m., the three were watching TV.

One of the gunmen, investigation showed, destroyed the doorknob to gain entrance. They then started shooting the victims.

After Mario fell on the floor, one of them approached his body and checked if he was still breathing.

They only left after they were sure their target was dead.

Geronima and her son then screamed for help. Neighbors rushed them to the hospital.

Police found six empty shells from a .45 pistol in the house.

P200T reward

Mayor Nicepuro Apura, for his part, announced that that the City Government is putting up a P200,000 cash reward to anyone who can provide information that can lead to the arrest of the gunmen behind the fatal shooting of Mario and the wounding of his wife and son.

Apura told Sun.Star Cebu that Mario’s murder may have been politically motivated, saying the latter and his family had received death threats.

“It’s possible he was killed because he’s a strong candidate for barangay captain in October. Maybe others were threatened,” Apura said in Cebuano.

He denied allegations that Mario’s murder was due to the latter’s alleged involvement in the illegal drugs trade.

Although Mario’s son was allegedly involved in illegal drugs, the late councilor was never in favor of it.