Kagawad on drug watchlist shot dead in Sagay: police

A barangay kagawad, who is on the police drug watchlist, was shot to death by a motorcycle-riding gunman in Barangay Lopez Jaena, Sagay City, Negros Occidental, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, November 12, PMaj. Albert Sy, city police chief, said Friday, November 13.

Killed was Mario Negro Agabon, 36, married of Purok Paghidaet, Brgy Lopez Jaena, who was identified as a high-value individual on the police drug watchlist, he said.

Agabon was the number one kagawad of Barangay Lopez Jaena.

The wife of Agabon told the police her husband was on board his tricycle on his way home from Sagay proper when unidentified suspects on board a motorcycle suddenly stopped in front of his vehicle at crossing Barangay Lopez Jaena.

The backrider then shot the kagawad several times, a Sagay Police report said.

The victim was brought to Sagay District Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

The suspects, who were wearing face masks, fled towards Brgy. Bato in Sagay City.

Recovered from the crime scene were four empty fired cartridges of a .45 caliber pistol and two deformed slugs, the police report added.

Sy said three of four persons of interest in the killing of the kagawad are in police custody for investigation. They were arrested based on the testimonies of eyewitnesses and evidence gathered, he said.

One of the three is Marshall Maquimot, a former Citizens Armed Force Geographical Unit member, Sy said.*

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