Drug group member killed in Hinigaran

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The victim of a shooting incident in Hinigaran, Negros Occidental, was reported by the police to have been a member of the Bugalon Drug Group.

Maj. John Ganzon, Hinigaran police chief, said that the victim identified as Bartolome Onlayao, 48, succumbed to a gunshot wound in the head.

He was the fourth victim of reported summary execution in Negros Occidental since August this year.

The lifeless body of Onlayao, who was positively identified by his daughter, was found by a barangay tanod along the highway of Bangga Magdalena in Brgy. Pilar, Hinigaran, Oct. 23.

Based on police investigations, Onlayao, alias Barte, ranked number three in the drug watchlist of the Kabankalan City Police Station was a member of the Bugalon Drug Group.

Ganzon said that they are looking into the possibility that the killing of Onlayao, a resident of Kabankalan City, and a drug surrenderer, may have been related to illegal drug transactions.

Hinigaran policemen recovered an empty shell of M16 assault rifle from the scene of incident.

Meanwhile, a laborer identified by the police as Blas Urbano Jr. was declared dead on arrival Monday at a medical facility after he was shot by one of the three unidentified suspects at Sitio Apitong Uno in Brgy. Bi-ao, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental.

Urbano, 47, succumbed to gunshot wounds in the head and back, according to the Binalbagan police.

Police investigations showed that the victim was on his way to the residence of his cousin when he was waylaid and shot by one of three suspects.

Two empty shells of 45 caliber pistol were recovered by the police from the scene of incident. GPB