A Puerto Galera councilor and his son were shot dead just outside their home at around 3:30 pm on Tuesday, October 3.
According to the police’s initial investigation, Councilor Melchor Arago was about to park their car in their garage when he and his son were gunned down in broad daylight.
Police estimated Arago’s son to be around 14 to 15 years old.
“Mukhang binubuksan ng anak ‘yung gate para pumasok ‘yung tatay sa [garahe] no’ng binaril,” Puerto Galera police chief Superintendent Teofilo Awingan told Rappler in a phone interview.
(It looks like the son was opening the gate so that the dad driving the car could enter when they were shot.)
The problem, according to Awingan, is that there are no witnesses.
Nobody was home, he said, when the Aragos were killed. The councilor’s wife was out of town for a seminar, while his daughter was in Batangas.
Only a “concerned citizen” who happened to pass by the Aragos’ home in Barangay Tabinay called the cops.
Awingan said they still have no leads as to why the councilor and his son were killed.
UPDATE: October 4, 2017 | 2 suspects arrested in ambush-slay of Puerto Galera councilor, son
MINDORO Oriental police arrested on Wednesday two suspects in the killing of a councilor from Puerto Galera and his 15-year old son.
Tirso Manlangit Tito and Rogelio Sotto Sto. Tomas, both residents from Lipa City, Batangas, are being held for the death of Puerto Galera Councilor Melchor Arago and his son Kenneth.
Senior Supt. Christopher Birung said Tito and Sto. Tomas were caught aboard a van that passed through a checkpoint in the town of San Teodoro at 5:30 a.m.
The police found a lead in its investigation about two “suspicious-looking” men riding a white van, which came from Barangay Villaflor, Puerto Galera heading to Calapan City.
A witness in the Aragos’ killings claimed that he saw the two suspects collecting bottles, scraps, and metals in front of the victims’ house before the ambush at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
Witnesses claimed that Melchor was inside his car, which was parked in front of his house when the suspects aboard a motorcycle stopped and shot him several times.
Investigation also showed that while the suspects were about to flee, they saw Kenneth go out of the Aragos’s house. Witnesses said the suspects shot Kenneth several times as well.
Both victims sustained multiple gunshot wounds in different parts of their bodies, which resulted to their deaths. RJ CARBONELL