Riding-in-tandem kill drug surrenderee in Iloilo City


Motorcycle-riding gunmen shot dead a drug surrenderee in Iloilo City, with police still looking for clues on their identities.

At least four men aboard two motorcycles gunned down Lhuil Clemente, 40, while he was driving through busy Mabini Street in City Proper last March 2.

Witnesses said the backrider of the first motorcycle fired at Clemente, who then fell on the road. The backrider of the other motorcycle then alighted and fired more shots on the severely wounded victim.

Iloilo City police station 1 prober Police Staff Sergeant Rhizan Magoleño said the victim died at around 12:39 p.m. at the Iloilo Doctors’ Hospital.

Clemente died from gunshot wounds on his chest, back of the body, neck, and head. The victim was described as a dealer of meat products and a bet collector for basketball games.

Investigation showed the street where the killing occurred is between a mall and a gasoline station.

But Clemente’s kin, neighbors, and friends said he had not received any death threats, adding he had no enemies in the area.

Magoleño said their initial investigation showed Clemente surrendered through Oplan Tokhang, with the Molo Police Station classifying him as a high value target level 1.

Clemente even underwent and finished a drug rehabilitation program at the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) headquarters in Camp Delgado, Iloilo City.

But Magoleño said they still have to confirm if he indeed sold drugs.

Iloilo City Police Station 1 deputy head Police Captain Victor Bacinillo said they are still gathering evidence and footages from closed circuit television cameras of nearby establishments.