Farmer shot dead in Banaue

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BANAUE, Ifugao – A 65-year old farmer died after he was repeatedly shot by still unidentified assailants 30 meters away from his residence at Ducligan, barangay Amganad here Tuesday morning.

Senior Superintendent Constancio Chinayog, officer-in-charge of the Ifugao Provincial Police Office, identified the victim as Ben Lagitan Patong, 65, married and a resident of Ducligan, Amganad, Banaue, Ifugao.

Initial police investigation showed the victim came from their residence and was about to go to his farm when he was waylaid and repeatedly shot by still unidentified assailants who immediately fled from the crime scene after the incident.

Responding police operatives recovered from the crime scene two spent shells of an M-14 rifle that was used by the suspects in the perpetration of the crime.

The motive of the killing is yet unknown.

By Dexter A. See

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