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Kidapawan cops after gunmen in slay of 3 suspected illegal drug peddlers, users
The online news portal of TV5

KIDAPAWAN CITY -- Police here have launched a manhunt for the unidentified armed men who massacred Tuesday night three men believed to be their companions in illegal drug trade in a subdivision here, police here said.

Supt. Leo Ajero, Kidapawan City police director, identified the victims as Reuben Bagasing, 21, Juanito Barbero, 25, and Francisco Sakayan, 36, all temporary residents of Madrid Subdivision, Barangay Poblacion, Kidapawan City.

Ajero said the victims were watching TV at past 10 p.m. in the house owned by Cita Compidio when two men riding tandem on a motorbike arrived.

The suspects barged inside the house and opened fire on the victims using cal. 45 pistols. Bagasing and Gamboa both died on the spot while Sakayan managed to run but the suspects chased and finished him off.

Ajero, citing police investigation, said the suspects fled on the same motorbike which, according to witnesses, has no license plate.

Ajero believed the shooting was related to illegal drugs and the suspects and the victims were former comrades in illegal drug business.

Ajero said the are is coordinating with other law enforcement agencies in Kidapawan and in North Cotabato for the arrest of the suspects.