In what appears to be summary execution cases in three provinces, five men – including a lawyer – have been left dead by gunmen.
The executions came after President-elect Rodrigo Duterte ordered policemen a shoot-to-kill policy against drug suspects in the country. Duterte also recently urged ordinary citizens who have guns to use their firearms in personally arresting criminals in their neighborhood or just shoot them if they resist.
In Calatrava town, Negros Occidental, an alleged drug supplier was shot to death by two men riding a motorcycle.
His name was Habib Into, a 49-year-old resident of San Carlos City who was on the list of the most wanted drug criminals in San Carlos City and other areas in the province, according to San Carlos City police chief Supt. Jacob Crisostomo. About 10 grams of shabu and P21,000 in cash were retrieved from the suspected criminal.
Also in Negros Occidental, the body of 33-year-old Jeffrey Buencuchillo was found. The victim was shot multiple times and had his hands cut off. His body was also found with a note written on a cardboard saying: “I am a member of Akyat Bahay, a thief, an addict. Don’t follow my example because you will be killed next.”
In Negros Oriental, a 38-year-old lawyer named Rex Agan Perewperew was also shot to death by men in motorcycles. According to the police, the lawyer was being investigated for involvement in illegal drug trade and was out on bail when he was killed.
In Iloilo, two bodies with gunshot wounds were separately found on Saturday. They were identified as 38-year-old Sherwin Taasan and 33-year-old Lou Facto, both men had criminal records.