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Motorcycle-riding gunmen kill 2 men over the weekend

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By Carizza Ibañez and Kate Louise B. Javier

Gunmen riding motorcycles have killed two men this weekend, one in Pasig and the other in Caloocan City.

In Pasig City, a man who was reportedly under the police’s drug watchlist was gunned down by motorcycle-riding men while attending the wake of a neighbor Sunday afternoon.

SPO1 Hermel Vergara, investigator on the case, identified the man as Oliver Plagata, 32, of 172-4 West Bank Road, Barangay Maybunga, Pasig City. Plagata died on the spot as he sustained seven gunshot wounds in the different parts of the body.

Plagata was playing cara y cruz at the wake at around 3:30 p.m. when two masked men onboard a motorcycle appeared and shot him several times causing his instant death, police said.

Witnesses saw that the gunmen flee towards Barangay Rosario.

The police investigator said Plagata was known to cause mischief in their area, with village watchmen saying that he has consistently been the subject of various complaints.

It was also known that Plagata has standing cases of theft and illegal gambling. He was also included in the station’s drug watchlist, under the user/pusher category, police added.

Simon, Plagata’s half-brother, admitted to the police that his sibling was a drug user but denied that his sibling was a drug peddler.

In Caloocan City last Saturday night, a former detainee was driving his tricycle when he was shot dead by an unidentified man onboard a motorcycle.

PO1 John Ree Bello, investigator on the case, said Roberto Alarcon, 44, tricycle driver, of Barangay 176 in Bagong Silang, died on the spot. He sustained gunshot wounds in his back and left arm.

Initial investigation showed that Alarcon was driving his tricycle along Langit Road around 8 p.m. when a lone gunman onboard a motorcycle fired shots towards him causing his instant death.

Recovered from the scene were five empty shells of an unknown caliber of firearm.

Investigators said Alarcon had no involvement in any illegal activities.

However, Alarcon’s wife told police that her husband had an enemy who threatened him with a gun before.

Also, Sr. Inspector Dennis Odtuhan disclosed that Alarcon had a frustrated homicide charge before.

Follow-up investigation is now underway to identify and apprehend the gunmen.

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