Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels shot dead a 34-year-old farmer at Barangay Candelaria, Uson,
at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, a police report said Monday.
Senior Insp. Malu Calubaquib, Philippine National Police Bicol regional spokesperson, said victim Edward B. Rosaroso, married, was forcibly taken from his house, tied up and dragged for more or less 200 meters by six unidentified persons armed with long and short firearms.
The suspects shot Rosaroso several times then fled on foot towards the hinterland of Sitio Nabuhayan, Barangay Candelaria, Uson.
Police found several spent cartridges for suspected .45-caliber pistol and caliber 5.56mm as pieces of evidence were recovered at the crime scene and will be submitted to the Masbate Provincial Crime Laboratory Office for ballistic examination.
They also requested for a computerized facial composite illustrator to identify the suspects.
Elements of the Uson Municipal Police Station are still conducting follow-up investigation for the possible identification of the suspects.