- Two self-confessed drug users were killed in Cebu City on Wednesday
- The victims have surrendered to police officials prior to the shooting incidents
- As of July 1, at least 18 drug personalities were gunned down by unidentified assailants
On Wednesday, two alleged drug users were gunned down in separate incidents in the province of Cebu.
According to reports, the two slain victims have turned themselves in to the authorities before the shooting incidents happened.
Earlier today, they were shot dead in two villages in Cebu City where illegal drugs are prevalent.
One of the victims, Chistian Babatid was drinking with his friends at around 12:10am along the street of L. Flores, Barangay Pasil when two men riding a motorcycle shot him multiple times.
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Babatid was declared dead on arrival upon reaching Cebu City Medical Center. He obtained several gunshot wounds on his head and other part of his body.
Four empty shells of calibre 9mm and one deformed bullet were recovered from the crime scene.
The relatives of Babatid noted that the victim surrendered for pushing drugs a month ago during the implementation of Oplan Tokhang. Oplan Tokhang is a campaign of the Philippine National Police (PNP) which involves visiting houses of known drug users and pushers, and encourage them to submit themselves and take rehabilitation.
Meanwhile, at around 1:30am on Wednesday, shortly an hour after the first incident, Matt Rizon of Sitio Buli, Barangay Duljo-Fatima was also gunned down by an unknown assailant.
Residents who heard the gunshots immediately called the Cebu City Emergency Medical Services (CCEMS). The victim died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Police recovered one live bullet of calibre 9mm and one necklace from the crime scene.
These incidents on Wednesday were just two of the many killings involving drug activities. Not less than 18 suspects who were allegedly linked to drugs were killed by unidentified men since July 1.
During his first State Of the Nation Address (SONA), President Rodrigo Duterte has sworn to continue the battle against crime and illegal drugs. - Kami Media