Philippines: Unidentified men shoot drug-suspect as wife screams in horror

The deceased has been identified as Roel Cabinel, 42 years old, and he was facing drug charges at the Quezon City trial court.

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A housewife was seen screaming for mercy on Saturday when two armed men, wearing bonnets, broke into her house, dragged her husband out and shot him at close range. The incident happened in Anthony Street, Holy Spirit Village in Quezon City

The deceased has been identified as Roel Cabinel, 42 years old, and he was facing drug charges at the city trial court but posted bail for his liberty.

According to Rosalie Cabinel, the victim's wife, she was sleeping with her husband when, at around 10 pm, two men forcefully unlocked the door and took her husband near the wall and shot him in the head.

Rosalie said she begged for mercy to spare his life but her appeal fell on deaf ears. She also said that there were four other men waiting outside their residence. The suspects fled the crime scene on motorcycles.

Police are now investigating the case and are looking for more witnesses aside from Rosalie.

This is not uncommon in the Philippines where illegal drug suspects are killed by bonnet-wearing armed men on motorcycles.

People suspect this could be the handiwork of "Vigilantes" or death squads who kill suspect reportedly involved in drug peddling.

More than 3,000 illegal drug suspects have been killed by suspected death squads since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office in July 2016. Critics of the president blame him for having knowledge on the rampant killing of drug-related suspects in the country. Charges have been filed against Duterte at the International Court of Justice due to the increasing cases of extrajudicial killings.

Philippines deadly drug war continues
Picture for representation Reuters

A housewife was seen screaming for mercy on Saturday when two armed men, wearing bonnets, broke into her house, dragged her husband out and shot him at close range. The incident happened in Anthony Street, Holy Spirit Village in Quezon City

The deceased has been identified as Roel Cabinel, 42 years old, and he was facing drug charges at the city trial court but posted bail for his liberty.

According to Rosalie Cabinel, the victim's wife, she was sleeping with her husband when, at around 10 pm, two men forcefully unlocked the door and took her husband near the wall and shot him in the head.

Rosalie said she begged for mercy to spare his life but her appeal fell on deaf ears. She also said that there were four other men waiting outside their residence. The suspects fled the crime scene on motorcycles.

Police are now investigating the case and are looking for more witnesses aside from Rosalie.

This is not uncommon in the Philippines where illegal drug suspects are killed by bonnet-wearing armed men on motorcycles.

People suspect this could be the handiwork of "Vigilantes" or death squads who kill suspect reportedly involved in drug peddling.

More than 3,000 illegal drug suspects have been killed by suspected death squads since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office in July 2016. Critics of the president blame him for having knowledge on the rampant killing of drug-related suspects in the country. Charges have been filed against Duterte at the International Court of Justice due to the increasing cases of extrajudicial killings.

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