A housewife and a former village watchman believed to be involved in illegal drug trade were gunned down by suspected members of vigilante groups in separate shooting incidents Friday evening in Malabon City.
Ricky Alabon, 44, former barangay tanod of Barangay Potrero and resident of 69 Orange Road, was having pleasantries with some friends in front of his house when three men on board three motorcycles with ‘for registration plates’ arrived at around 11 p.m.
The suspects, all wearing bonnets, pulled out their respective firearms and shot Alabon in different parts of his body, killing him instantly. After the killing, the suspects escaped on board their motorcycles towards MacArthur Highway.
Ten empty shells and one fired bullets from unknown caliber of firearm were recovered by police at the crime scene.
Malabon police head of investigators Insp. Paul Dennis Javier said the victim was relieved of his duty as barangay tanod last January 2016 after he was found positive for using illegal drugs. He also surrendered recently after operatives conducted an “Oplan Tokhang” on his house.
Javier said the victim was also included in the watchlist of Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) for his illegal drug activity.
Earlier at around 8:30 p.m., Cristine De Luna, 29, of Phase 5, Flovi Homes 2, Letre, Barangay Tonsuya, was walking along the alley of Phase 4, Letre, when a lone gunman approached her and shot her several times in the body.
De Luna died on the spot while the suspect, with two others who served as lookouts, fled on foot towards Flovi Homes 3 and escaped.
Homicide investigator PO3 Alexander Dela Cruz said that prior to the killing, the victim’s live-in partner, Wilfredo Batanas, had noticed that the victim was talking to somebody on her cell phone before she left towards an unknown destination.
Batanas later learned that his live-in partner was gunned down in an alley, a few meters away from their house. Four empty shells from unknown caliber of firearm and a piece of paper with a note that read “Tulak Ako, Huwag Tularan, Marami pang Susunod” was found beside the victim’s body.