SANTA ROSA CITY — A barangay chairman in Lumban town, Laguna, was among the recent victims of summary killings that maybe linked to the illegal drug trade.
Ramir Evangelista, 47, chairman of Barangay Maytalang 1, was gunned down in the morning of February 20. It happened in broad daylight while Evangelista on his motorcycle on the Lumban bridge, which was still under construction.
Although authorities did not outrightly accuse Evangelista of involvement in illegal drugs, his village is notorious as a sourxe of narcotics in the town.
Laguna police chief Sr. Supt. Eleazar Matta said Evangelista was seen talking to another person when the assailants onboard another motorcycle drove by, fired several shots and fled.
“There were many construction workers there but were afraid to talk,” said a former local government employee who also knew Evangalista personally.
Evangelista was rushed to to the Christian General Hospital in Pagsanjan town but died shortly after.
Matta ruled out politics as a motive, saying Evangelista was not seeking any position in the coming elections. “We are still looking into his personal activities or if he were involved in any illegal activity,” Matta said, witout elaborating
According to the source, Maytalang 1 was a “notorious” source of illegal drugs in Lumban. Just about a week ago, suspected drug pusher Jon Jon Elca, a resident of the nearby town of Santa Cruz, was killed in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Lewin, Lumban.
Police said Elca tried to resist arrest by shooting at the police, forcing them to return fire. (Laguna Now)