A 42-YEAR-OLD man who was out on bail for drug charges was killed by unidentified gunmen while a barangay watchman who witnessed the incident was seriously wounded when he was also shot by one of the suspects Sunday evening in Malabon city.
Malabon police chief P/Col. Joel Villanueva said Ruben Samaco, Jr. of 14-C Borromeo St., Bgy. Longos died on the spot from multiple gunshot wounds in the head and body while barangay tanod Christopher Oliver, 34, also a fire volunteer and resident of Blk. 3, Lot 13, 1st St. Bgy. Tanong, was rushed to the Tondo Medical Center for treatment of gunshot wounds in the left shoulder and left foot.
Homicide investigators P/MSgt. Julius Mabasa and P/SSgt. Mardelio Osting said Samaco, who had just left his house, was walking along Interior Borromeo St. at around 11:45 p.m. when unidentified gunmen blocked his path and shot him repeatedly in the head and body.
Oliver, who was on board his driven tricycle tried to come closer to the area but decided to run for safety when he met several bystanders running towards Adelia Street to avoid being hit by bullets.
While on his way to Adelia St., Oliver picked up a magazine for caliber. 45 pistol but one of the suspects who shouted at him shot him in the left foot and left shoulder. Mabasa said the bullet that struck the victim’s left shoulder exited from his back.
Though wounded, Oliver was able to hide inside the house of a certain Dominador Baronda, before he sought the assistance of police and barangay officials. He was later rushed to the hospital by his sister.
Responding elements of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) recovered from the crime scene 25 empty shells for a .45 caliber pistol, four empty shells for a 9mm pistol, nine deformed fired bullets, eight metallic jackets and a fired bullet while another three pieces of empty shells, a slug and magazine for caliber .45 pistol were turned over to the police.
Villanueva said the victim, who was out on bail, has a pending drug case in Malabon court following his arrest on 2016. He also underwent drug rehabilitation as claimed by his father Ruben Sr.