Motorcycle-riding killers strike again: DAR employee latest victim

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Motorcycle-riding killers struck anew in Iloilo City early Thursday, June 6, with an employee of the Department of Agrarian Reform as their latest victim.

Allan Salario, 51, who worked as a survey aide of DAR-Iloilo province, was fixing his owner-type jeepney around 5:45 a.m. when a motorcycle-riding gunman shot him.

Residents heard at least three bursts of gunfire and later saw the victim slumped on the ground near his vehicle.

The shooting happened near the victim’s temporary shelter at Metropolis Subdivision in Barangay Tagbac, Jaro district.

Investigation showed Salario was supposed to leave early for a DAR project in Estancia, Iloilo when the incident happened.

Salario, a resident of Barangay Calmay in Janiuay town in Iloilo, sustained two gunshot wounds on his back and in his head. He died on the spot.

Jaro police chief Police Captain Eduardo Siacon Jr. said a closed circuit television (CCTC) footage showed the gunman passed by the police detachment at Barangay Balantang around 5:58 a.m.

“We could not also determine for now if the gunman is a hired killer or not,” he said, adding the victim is not on the watch list of suspected illegal drug personalities.

But a female former co-worker said Salario might have lacked a “little tact” when dealing with others.

Before Salario’s death, another man was also killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen last May 24 in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

Such killings involved at least two suspects riding on a motorcycle.