- The alleged drug lord Sherwin Bautista was shot dead after dropping off his children at their elementary school
- He was ambushed right in front of the barangay hall and school
- He was accused of involvement in the drug trade but Bautista was consistently cleared at court
An alleged drug lord from Tagbilaran City, Bohol was killed on Thursday morning after he dropped off his wife and daughter at school. Sherwin Lofranco Bautista, 43, died of bullet wounds in the head and chest. Two men riding a motorcycle shot him at the corner of Tiptip Elementary School, right in front of the barangay hall.
Bautista was ambushed during the school's flag raising ceremony. Teachers and pupils of the school were ready to sing the national anthem when the two men fired at Bautista. They scattered in different places in panic upon hearing the gunshots.
Fermilianom Epe, the village watchman and security guard of Tiptip Elementary School, said that he had seen Bautista and his family on the way to school on his motorcycle. After he had dropped them off, Bautista left but was followed by the two men.
The one at the back fired the gun at Bautista and the shot instantly hit him. He ran away from his motorcycle and was about to escape but the gunman caught up to him ten meters in and repeatedly shot him in the head and chest. The gunman then went back to his vehicle and they both drove off.
Supt. George Vale, the Tagbilaran City Police Chief, explained that Bautista was among the accused top drug lords in the province.
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"He was also a level one drug lord in the province," Vale added.
The Tagbilaran City Police Chief also reported that Bautista had operated in the towns of Clarin, Tubigon, Buenavista, Inabanga, Loon, Maribojoc, Panglao, Calape, Jagna, Guindulman, and Tagbilaran City. Bautista had been arrested by authorities for illegal drug trade in 2011 and 2014 but the cases against him were dismissed by the court.-TU, Kami Media