THE barangay captain of Talomo was shot dead in an ambush while he and his driver were onboard a vehicle while traversing along Ecoland Drive in Matina, Davao City on Friday, September 16.
Around 2:45 p.m., Friday, village chief Artemio Jimenez, 57 years old, was dead on the spot after he succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds in different parts of his body.
He was with his driver, Soteo Laurel, 67, and bodyguard named Rogelio Navarro at that time.
Navarro sustained a gunshot on his neck and was brought to Southern Philippines Medical Center while Laurel received a slight gunshot wound wherein the bullet merely passed through the right side of his waist.
According to Laurel, they came from Ateneo de Davao University along Roxas Avenue and passed by Ecoland Drive as they were headed to the Muslim village in Bangkal when suddenly a white Innova appeared beside them and a suspect from the vehicle brought out a gun and aimed at Jimenez.
The driver said prior to the incident, he did not notice any car tailing behind them until they crossed the road.
Laurel described the captain as a good person who is willing to help in times of need, which is manifested in the number of years he rendered his service since 2004.
Laurel said he is uncertain whether the killing is politically-motivated or drug-related. He added he did not hear any threat in the life of Jimenez in the past days.
"I cannot say whether it's because of politics or drugs," Laurel said.
He, however, recalled hearing six gunshots but he did not recognize the face of the suspect.
The cadaver of Jimenez was brought to Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes.
Based on the statement of some residents near the area, they said they did not hear any gunshot and they assumed that the gunman used a silencer.
Police said they were investigating the incident. The suspects were able to escape but authorities were already hunting them down.
Last month, Jimenez submitted himself to Senior Superintendent Michael John Dubria after he was reportedly on the drug watch list of the police.
The Scene of the Crime Operatives conducted the drug test but Jimenez's result was negative.