A group of unidentified armed men shot and killed a civilian in Brgy. Malatas, Calatrava, Negros Occidental, Tuesday.
The five unidentified suspects, armed with an M-16 rifle and .45 caliber pistols, were wearing face masks and fatigues when they waylaid a truck loaded with sugarcane bound for Brgy, Macasilao, Calatrava, the Calatrava police said yesterday.
The truck driver and passengers, including the victim identified as Joseph Lumanog, were ordered by the armed men to disembark from the cargo truck.
After identifying himself as Lumanog, when asked by one of the suspects, the victim was immediately shot in the neck and head, the police said.
Capt. Eugene Tolentino, officer-in-charge of the Calatrava Police Station, yesterday said that they are looking into the possibility that the suspects are members of a private armed group, although they are not ruling out the involvement of the New People’s Army yet.
Tolentino said witnesses told the police that they are not familiar with the armed men.
The victim was declared dead on arrival at the Calatrava Municipal Hospital, while the armed men fled on foot.
Recovered from the scene of the incident were two slugs and an empty shell of a .45 caliber pistol.
Tolentino said that the victim was reported to be a farm laborer and has no criminal record.