A MAN was shot dead yesterday dawn in Barangay Mantalongon in the southern town of Dalaguete, Cebu.
Francisco “Nonoy” Caingles, a 36-year-old construction worker, was manning a road that is undergoing repair when two unidentified assailants on board a motorcycle shot him in the chest.
According to PO1 Christopher Amadar of the Dalaguete Police Station, Francisco was on the station’s watch list for drug personalities.
“Known siya nga isog sa ilaha (He was a known toughie in their neighborhood),” Amadar said.
The victim submitted himself to Oplan Tokhang last June 15, and surrendered as a drug pusher.
Francisco was also linked to a shooting incident last June 9. He was invited for questioning, but was later released.
Investigators are not discounting the possibility that this may have something to do with the killing.
Construction workers in the area reportedly did not see the gunmen because they were busy at work and they didn’t hear any gunshot because the noise from the heavy equipment overpowered the sound.
But the victim’s brother Frankline, who was manning the other side of the road, said he heard four gunshots and saw Francisco fall.
He said he also saw two men wearing masks flee on board a motorcycle. They were headed for the town center.
Amadar said they are not ruling out the possibility that it was drug-related because of the victim’s involvement in illegal drugs.
“Naa siya’y laing kontra (He had other enemies),” he said.
Francisco’s wife and four-year-old child visited the station yesterday to claim her husband’s wallet.
Although she had no idea who could have killed her husband, she told police that he also used illegal drugs, Amadar said.
Recovered from the scene were four empty shells from a .45 revolver, the victim’s wallet and his wristwatch.